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

To preview the event, there are already a few deals currently live for your perusal. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Amazon’s Digital Day sale discounts ebooks, comics, software, movies, and more," 27 Dec. 2018 Walgreens Express will allow patients to preview costs for their medicine, prepay for eligible prescriptions and choose between home delivery or express pickup in store. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Walgreens Launches Next-Day Prescription Home Delivery With FedEx," 6 Dec. 2018 After debuting his first purse, the 16 bag, on Lady Gaga at the Venice Film Festival in August, Slimane enlisted an equally fashionable pop star to preview his second today on Instagram. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "CL Reveals Hedi Slimane’s Latest Bag, Moments Before His Celine Debut," 28 Sep. 2018 This feature was already previewed with the launch of Snap’s Snap Kit. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Tinder tests letting users send Bitmoji because you can’t send real photos," 17 July 2018 For messaging, Google is adding a new feature that will preview a snippet of a new text overlaid over an existing app like the music playback or Google Maps apps, but only when the car has come to a complete stop. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Android Auto update makes playing music and messaging easier and less distracting," 29 Nov. 2018 The documentary, to be aired Wednesday on Discovery Italia and previewed to The Associated Press, makes the case that many of these men would gladly return to the priesthood and offer their pastoral services. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope," 23 Oct. 2018 After previewing the collection, partygoers tucked into the delectable and locally sourced meal that guests savored before heading back to the city. Vogue, "H&M Debuts Its First Conscious Exclusive Collection for Fall at Blue Hill at Stone Barns," 21 Sep. 2018 The Pigozzi Collection Among the coming attractions that caught my eye, previewed by Stierli on his Instagram, is one of Saša J. Mächtig’s Kiosk K67s, restored to its original candy-apple red. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a preview clip Fox released via Entertainment Tonight, Vanessa comes home after a fundraiser for the aforementioned program. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Are About to Meet the Newest Member of the Baxter Household," 2 Nov. 2018 Check out this romantic preview: Yerin Kim is the Assistant Snapchat Editor at Seventeen.com. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Performs Beautiful Ballad for the First Time Ever at the 2018 AMAs," 10 Oct. 2018 Slated for a release in early 2019, the Ricoh GR III will be on show here at Photokina, which will provide an early preview of Ricoh’s progress between generations. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Ricoh’s ‘ultimate compact’ GR III is coming next year," 25 Sep. 2018 Judging by the previews, the collection is everything a wannabe princess could desire. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "ColourPop to Launch the Disney Princess Designer Makeup Collection," 23 Sep. 2018 Judging by the previews, the collection is everything a wannabe princess could want. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "ColourPop Is Launching an 18-Piece Disney Princess Makeup Collection," 20 Sep. 2018 Vostok-2018 War Games preview: - Largest military exercise in 37 years - To involve 300,000 Russian troops - 1,000 aircraft - 36,000 tanks, APCs, mil. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s 'Vostok' Exercise Will Be The Largest Since the Cold War," 5 Sep. 2018 Not surprisingly, many of the districts where the groups are spending overlap and provide an early preview of what are expected to be the nation's most competitive House races. Andrew Rafferty, NBC News, "GOP super PAC announces major ad buy for House races," 17 Apr. 2018 The rollercoaster that was the pre-season tournament in Everett provided a good preview of things to come. Samantha Meese, OregonLive.com, "On the Portland Winterhawks: Same Time, Next Year," 14 Apr. 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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