preview

verb
pre·view | \ˈprē-ˌvyü \
previewed; previewing; previews

Definition of preview 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to see beforehand specifically : to view or to show in advance of public presentation

2 : to give a preliminary survey of

preview

noun

Definition of preview (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an advance statement, sample, or survey

2 : an advance showing or performance (as of a motion picture or play)

3 or less commonly prevue \ˈprē-ˌvyü \ : a selected group of scenes shown to advertise a movie, television show, etc.

called also trailer

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Other Words from preview

Verb

previewer \ˈprē-ˌvyü-ər \ noun

Examples of preview in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

We saw the movie at a special preview. Before the movie starts they always show previews of coming attractions. There are previews of the next week's episode at the end of each show. They gave a preview of the upcoming football season. The magazine includes a preview of the newest fall fashions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The report, which has been previewed, is expected to extol the virtues of the body camera pilot. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Council to discuss new technology for law enforcement, including surveillance drones," 19 June 2018 The Richmond Times-Dispatch previews Corey Stewart’s Tuesday primary. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Female gov candidates highlight experience," 11 June 2018 FloTrack previews the NCAA Outdoor Championships' men's mid-distances and distances. OregonLive.com, "Intensity of feelings about the Hayward project becomes public: Oregon track & field rundown," 1 June 2018 The feature, which arrives only a few days ahead of Apple's next Worldwide Developer's Conference, had been previewed at last year’s WWDC. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "iOS 11.4: Apple update will now let you store Messages in the cloud, freeing up storage," 30 May 2018 The palette, which was previewed by beauty supersleuth account Trendmood1, appears to have two different cheek shades (likely a blush and a highlighter) and nine different natural-looking eye shadow shades. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Tarte Is Collaborating on a Palette With Vlogger Aspyn Ovard," 13 May 2018 The new entry is being previewed by the Atlas Cross Sport concept, a five-passenger model that shares its 117.3-inch wheelbase with the larger Atlas but casts a shadow 7.5 inches shorter. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept: Five for Fighting," 29 Mar. 2018 Disneyland in California also has a Star Wars Land in the works, which was previewed last year. Emily Price, Fortune, "Three Avengers-Themed Areas Are Coming to Disneyland Parks Around the Globe," 21 Mar. 2018 During the flight Friday to his New Jersey golf resort, Trump was also asked to preview next month’s NATO summit in Brussels. Washington Post, "Trump says he’ll bring up election meddling with Putin," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The production will begin previews Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and will open Thursday, April 11, 2019. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Glenda Jackson to star on Broadway in title role of 'King Lear'," 28 June 2018 The Broadway staging, produced by Scott Rudin, will be a new one, with a creative team that has not yet been named; it is scheduled to begin previews March 6 and open April 11 at an unspecified theater. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Glenda Jackson to Return to Broadway in ‘King Lear’," 28 June 2018 Offering a preview of his negotiating style over the weekend during a tense standoff with world leaders at the G7 in Canada, this photo pretty much says it all. Fox News, "Top cop fired by Rahm Emanuel talks mayoral candidacy," 12 June 2018 Menendez and Hugin spent the primary campaign season offering a preview of the general election, insulting one another while raking in millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Washington Post, "Trump, corruption, greed: NJ Senate race coming into view," 6 June 2018 Today, Apple offered a preview of everything arriving on iPhones this fall. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Memoji, Group FaceTime, & All The New Features Coming To Your iPhone With iOS 12," 4 June 2018 The day offered just a preview of the spectacle that will play out on a national stage over the next several months. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Harvey Weinstein's Arrest Is Just the Opening Scene," 31 May 2018 In the Weinstein case, Brafman may have already offered an early preview of the defense’s battle plan. NBC News, "How Weinstein lawyer's 'casting couch' comment could impact his defense strategy," 27 May 2018 While the contexts are different, research on the past effects of the global gag rule could offer a preview of what’s in store. Anna North, Vox, "The domestic gag rule on abortion, explained," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of preview

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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preview

verb

English Language Learners Definition of preview

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

preview

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preview (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

preview

noun
pre·view | \ˈprē-ˌvyü \

Kids Definition of preview

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

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