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noun     interview pronunciation in British English
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  1. [countable] a meeting in which someone asks another person, especially a famous person, questions about themselves, their work, or their ideas, in order to publish or broadcast the information

    This is her first interview since becoming Olympic champion.

    interview with:

    The magazine has an exclusive interview with the couple.

    give an interview:

    He doesn’t give interviews to the press.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a formal meeting in which someone asks you questions to find out if you are suitable for a job, course of study etc
      get/have an interview:

      I’ve got an interview for a job as an interpreter.

      call someone for interview:

      She has been called for interview, so she’s optimistic.

    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] an official meeting in which the police ask someone questions about a crime

      The interview was terminated after two hours.

      conduct an interview:

      There are recordings of the interviews conducted by the police.

    3. c.
      [countable] a meeting in which someone asks you a series of questions as part of a research project
      conduct an interview:

      I conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of former patients.

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