Difference Between Check and Review

Key Difference: Both the words Check and Review are nouns, but the key difference is in the meanings of both the words. Check means looking for accuracy or inspecting a given standard, whereas Review is second or subsequent time reading the context or the content.


Check​​The word 'Check' is a noun which means to inspect, examine or inquire about the situation, test etc. The word also has other different meanings like the following:

  • to to put a check mark on.

  • to verify by consulting on a source.

  • A move in Chess that directly attacks the opponent's King but does not constitute a checkmate.

  • A pattern of small squares as on Chess board game.

  • A written order to the bank to pay the amount specified from the account.

  • A standard of inspecting or evaluating like in a test or an exam.

  • The condition of being stopped or holding back, like for example kept my temper in check.

  • To check over means to look over.

The word when used as as adjective checked like for example, a checkered tie or verb checking for example, he is checking his watch for the third time. Check is a word that may not involve the kind of depth needed in “reviewing” of something, but thoroughly checking a particular thing.


ReviewThe word 'Review' means to have a second or subsequent time reading a text, like for example, John needs to review the papers before understanding the concept. Review has certain other meanings as well like:

  • in legal terms, to review is to reassessment of the judicial review of the case or an event.

  • Surveying available items like, The newspaper has published reviews of nearby restaurants.

  • An opinion or an honest view like the for example, According to Nick's review the movie is average.

  • Reviewing the fact for some corrections, editing like revising.

  • According to Oxford dictionary, to review means a formal assessment of something in particular with the intention of instituting change if necessary.

  • A report or an evaluation of a subject or past events.

To review is to also looking through an already done task in search for certain thing and needs all the angles to be analyzed.

As per Wikipedia, a review is also an evaluation of any service, publication or a company. Reviews can also be done for a movie, a book, video-game, musical composition or anything. A author may also review a present or current events or may also be assigned to rate the work accordingly to indicate its merit . A compilation of reviews can also be known as a review. As said before a book or a report is also reviewed in the form of criticism or analysis of content, style, merit and information thereby provided. For example, a report of Financial Year of the firm can be reviewed to understand the past performance of the company and thereby making future plans for further improvement.

Reviews can also be segregated according to its usage like Music Review, Book Review or can be User-Review, etc. Like for example, A user may review and rate a product or service based on experience or usage like consumers do on popular e-commerce websites like Amazon.com, etc. There is also something known as paid review or bought-review, which is generally used by the firms for a new product, basically used for movies, game or car industry. The reviewer is paid for the given rating and feedback and that is why it can also be biased. This is a undercover form of advertising.

Comparison between Check and Review





To examine, investigate for accuracy or for quality.

A reconsideration or an formal reassessment of a done work.


Examine, inspect, scrutinize, scan, survey

Evaluation, assessment, audit, review-rating


Assist and help

Ignorance and neglect

Related terms

Test, agree

Verify, reassess, reviewer, analysis, revise.


Checking for a particular thing

Analyzing all the angles in depth


To check the exam papers of the students.

To review the report of certain year.

References: wikipedia.org, studygroups.accaglobal.com, google.co.in, oxforddictionaries.com, 
Wikidiff.com (Reviewing-Checking, Reviewed-Checked, Review-Check)
Merriam-Webster.com (Review, Check)
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