The Cambridge dictionary defines the word "overview" only as a noun!

Is the use of this word as a verb also acceptable? For example, in a scientific paper presenting an overview in a sentence like: "in this paper we overview..."?

  • Acceptable in what context? In a scientific paper? – MetaEd Oct 11 '17 at 16:00
  • @MetaEd especially, yes. – Learn_and_Share Oct 11 '17 at 16:29
  • We can't answer domain- and especially institution-specific acceptability requests. All we can say is that here, the verb usage is listed in some but not other reputable dictionaries, meaning almost certainly that it's on the verge of being accepted as a word. But you yourself could have discovered this. Whether the University of Camelot find it acceptable: there's an obvious way to find out. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 11 '17 at 16:44

Try more than one dictionary. Oxford includes a definition for both noun and verb, the latter being

Give a general review or summary of.
‘the report overviews the needs of the community’

You can also try OneLook Dictionary Search, whose main screen for overview provides direct links to over two dozen other references’ definitions of the word. Granted, several of the better dictionaries there don’t contain a verb meaning.

Last, if one resource consistently fails you, you might wish to change your default or go-to reference.

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