Is there a word that means "reviewing" something and suggesting ways to "improve" it?

The only words I think of are "review" and "critique" however they only mean reviewing something but they don't suggest ways to improve it.

For example [word] my book. Is there a [word] that will review my book, tell me whether its good or bad and suggest ways to improve it.

Update: What about a website?

For example [word] my website. Is there a [word] that will review my website, tell me whether its good or bad and suggest ways to improve it.

  • Do you have a context? Otherwise "assessment" and "suggestion" might suit? – Misneac Nov 14 '15 at 14:40

I think edit is close to what you are referring to:

  • To prepare (written material) for publication or presentation, as by correcting, revising, or adapting.

  • (Journalism & Publishing) to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc.

The Free Dictionary


I think critique does suggest improvement. For example, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is not a criticism in the modern negative sense of the word, but an explanation of the ways reason has been misunderstood and misapplied, and a list of guidelines for avoiding those pitfalls.

Critque: "a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory." (Google's definition)


How about constructive criticism? From Wikipedia:

Constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one. The purpose of constructive criticism is to improve the outcome.


I would suggest Revise. It seems to have the sense you look for.

Revise: to alter something already written or printed, in order to make corrections, improve, or update

Revising and editing are separate processes but they may overlap and go hand in hand.

  • These sound too much like doing the actual improvement work, rather than giving advice. – 200_success Nov 15 '15 at 9:52

Depending on context, consider proofreading.


: v.tr. to read (copy or proof) in order to find errors and mark corrections.

: v.intr. to read copy or proof for purposes of error detection and correction American Heritage® Dictionary

Thank you, Aunt Judy, for taking the time to proofread my book Google Books

Proofread my website and provide annotated notes People Per Hour


For written material, consider "copyedit":

edit and correct (written or printed material)


UPDATE: For website content (especially in the context of SEO), consider "auditing":

So, what is a content audit? A content audit is a careful look at your website’s existing content in order to make sure that it’s doing what you want it to do — driving the right kind of traffic, containing the right kind of keywords, and improving conversions.


A content audit presupposes evaluation and further suggestions on how to improve things.

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