verb pre·view \ˈprē-ˌvyü\

: to see, hear, or show something (such as a movie) before it is available to the public

: to give a general description of (something that will happen in the future)

: to see an example of what something will look like

Full Definition of PREVIEW

transitive verb
:  to see beforehand; specifically :  to view or to show in advance of public presentation
:  to give a preliminary survey of
pre·view·er \-ˌvyü-ər\ noun

Examples of PREVIEW

  1. The designers will preview their new lines at the fashion show.
  2. They previewed the upcoming football season.
  3. You can preview the page before you print it.

First Known Use of PREVIEW


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: a special show or performance that allows some people to see a movie, play, etc., before it is shown to the public

: a selected group of scenes that are shown to advertise a movie or television show

: a description of something that will happen or be available in the future

Full Definition of PREVIEW

:  an advance statement, sample, or survey
:  an advance showing or performance (as of a motion picture or play)
also pre·vue \-ˌvyü\ :  a showing of clips from a motion picture advertised for appearance in the near future —called also trailer

Examples of PREVIEW

  1. We saw the movie at a special preview.
  2. Before the movie starts they always show previews of coming attractions.
  3. There are previews of the next week's episode at the end of each show.
  4. They gave a preview of the upcoming football season.
  5. The magazine includes a preview of the newest fall fashions.

First Known Use of PREVIEW

PREVIEWER Defined for Kids


noun pre·view \ˈprē-ˌvyü\

Definition of PREVIEW for Kids

:  an instance of showing something (as a movie) before others get to see it


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