Does fukushuu suru mean "to review" or "to revise"? Which meaning may be closer to actual usage?

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from goo辞書

1 教えられたことを繰り返し練習すること。復習。さらえ。「書き取りのお―」

It means review.

to go over (lessons, studies, work, etc.) in review.

It also means revise, if you are going by the British English definition.

British. to review (previously studied materials) in preparation for an examination.

from goo辞書

It can also mean "(exact) revenge", but it uses different kanji.



As an addendum to Amani's post, it looks like this fukushū reading has four possible spellings and three meanings -- three spellings with verb senses, and one proper noun:

  • 復習: to review, to go back over something, to study it again
  • 復讐復讎 (second spelling less common): to exact revenge, to wreak vengeance upon someone, to avenge a wrong
  • 福州: Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province in China

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