preview

verb
pre·​view | \ ˈprē-ˌvyü How to pronounce preview (audio) \
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 How to pronounce prevue (audio) \ : a selected group of scenes shown to advertise a movie, television show, etc.

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Other Words from preview

Verb

previewer \ ˈprē-​ˌvyü-​ər How to pronounce previewer (audio) \ 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 Her experience may also preview new challenges in statehouses around the country during the pandemic. Barbara Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Lawmaker who brought newborn to work joins other elected women challenging parenthood," 12 Sep. 2020 Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs are back to preview the Bears' Week 1 game against the Lions in Detroit, starting with Matt Nagy’s decision to go with Mitch Trubisky over Nick Foles at quarterback. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "What does the decision to start Mitch Trubisky over Nick Foles mean for the Bears as they prepare for the Lions in Week 1? The Bear Download podcast breaks it down.," 8 Sep. 2020 Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez and host JR Radcliffe look back at the Orlando series (Marvin Williams!) and again preview what's to come with Miami (14:00). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks Podcast: The Bucks move on and make history with act of protest," 31 Aug. 2020 On Monday, Giuliani took to Fox News to preview some of his remarks and warned viewers that a Democratic president would lead to the spread of urban violence seen in Minneapolis and Portland following the death of George Floyd. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Rudy Giuliani warns of more rioting and crime under a Biden presidency," 27 Aug. 2020 While its conclusions may not be announced until the Fed holds its next meeting in September, Powell will likely preview its message in his speech Thursday. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "Powell edges toward loosening the Fed's stance on inflation," 26 Aug. 2020 The competing notions preview a theme heading into the fall as President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden step up their campaigning. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "GOP, at Convention, to Call for Keeping Economy Open," 23 Aug. 2020 In the case of Diggs, his decision not to play in the season-ending Citrus Bowl win over Michigan gave Alabama a chance to preview Josh Jobe in a starting cornerback role in his place. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Josh Jobe expected to start at cornerback for Alabama," 21 Aug. 2020 Omar Kelly and Dave Hyde break down the top NFL draft prospects at the Senior Bowl and preview the Super Bowl in South Florida (and make their predictions). Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "X’s & Omar Live: The Miami Dolphins Podcast," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Listen to our season preview on the Sept. 10 edition of the Orange and Brown Talk podcast. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns 2020 season preview: Everything you need to know," 10 Sep. 2020 Emerging from United States Air Force planes, four-legged robot dogs scampered onto an an airfield in the Mojave Desert, offering a possible preview into the future of warfare. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Robot dogs join US Air Force exercise giving glimpse at potential battlefield of the future," 9 Sep. 2020 Chabot provided a preview the other morning of what’s included in the deal. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Chabot Space Center’s black hole: Money gap prompts auction of universe for $1,000," 4 Sep. 2020 The gala will feature a preview of coming exhibits. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Wadsworth Atheneum reopening Labor Day weekend after coronavirus closure," 3 Sep. 2020 Stilwell's remarks offer a preview of Pompeo’s message next week at a virtual meeting of regional diplomats that already has occasioned a bout of shadowboxing between Chinese and American officials. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘There’s a choice’: US warns Southeast Asia not to get steamrolled by China," 3 Sep. 2020 My Tribune colleagues also have a preview of Biden’s visit here. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Biden’s wants to bring healing message to Kenosha tomorrow | Madigan vs. House GOP over ComEd | Pritzker says state unemployment agency workers threatened," 2 Sep. 2020 Giving a preview of the finished product, the video shows three birdhouses that Ben built hanging from the ceiling. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Ben Napier Is Teaching a Free Virtual Woodworking Class for Students of All Ages," 27 Aug. 2020 In Charlotte on Monday, Trump offered a preview of this week’s GOP onslaught. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Dueling scare tactics at conventions: GOP stirs fear of mobs and socialism, after Dems sell fear of Trump," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of preview was in 1607

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Last Updated

15 Sep 2020

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“Preview.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preview. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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preview

verb
How to pronounce preview (audio)

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
US : 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 How to pronounce preview (audio) \

Kids Definition of preview

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

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