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.

called also trailer

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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

Their first 27-piece capsule, previewed exclusively in the images here, possesses the same sentimentality that drew Chan back home, but the duo are not stuck in the past. Vogue, "The Girls Behind YanYan, a New Knit Label From Hong Kong, Are Making Modern Maa Maa Style," 14 Mar. 2019 The House of Run guys preview the Boston Marathon, discuss the Commonwealth Games and rave about USC sprinter Michael Norman on their most recent podcast. OregonLive.com, "Remembering Jon Hendershott; the latest on Mt. SAC's stadium; Oregon track & field rundown," 12 Apr. 2018 In that speech, Castro previewed an early education program that would become his signature achievement, Pre-K 4 SA, and a college-admittance counseling center that would become Cafe College. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "For Nirenberg, time has come today," 10 Apr. 2018 Ahead of this year's sale, natives volunteer Gail Snyder previews what to expect from her group's booth this year. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, AL.com, "Variety of native plants available at Spring Plant Sale," 9 Apr. 2018 Along with the Birkenstock revival, the Spring 2019 runways also previewed the comeback of Teva sandals. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Birkenstocks Are Now Available to Shop for $495," 27 Feb. 2019 Madeleine previewed the book cover in an Instagram post, explaining the meaning behind it in a comment. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sweden's Princess Madeleine Published a Children's Book That Teaches Kids to Stand Up for Themselves," 29 Jan. 2019 On December 18, outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley previewed the plan, but didn’t offer many concrete details. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Jenner previewed the new shade on Instagram, shouting out her mom in the process. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is Releasing a Todd Kraines Lip Kit for Old-School KUWTK Fans," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The preview opens with Stark, sweaty, bloodied, and out of breath, sprinting down the halls and checking behind her back. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's a Crazy Theory Explaining Why Arya Stark Was Running in the Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer," 8 Mar. 2019 In fact, the preview for season two even features key characters, still in their costumes, in a police line-up. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New Photos from the Set of Big Little Lies Season Two Tease Another Costume Party," 6 Mar. 2019 Learn its history, the places a passion for beer can take you, and how the great experience of sharing a beer with a friend, or stranger, at the bar is indeed universal Learn more about the documentary and check out the preview here. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019 Moreover, the fact that the code quality does take a dip during development means that the preview builds aren't usually suitable for daily driver PCs. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 Once it’s been taken, the image appears in preview. Josie Colt, WIRED, "How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac," 5 July 2018 Perhaps a preview of what’s to come in a couple of weeks? Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Attico Hosts a Feather-Filled Dinner in New York," 8 Feb. 2019 Watch the full preview here: Outlander airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Starz. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Roger Meets a Fellow Captive and Learns He's Been Taken to New York," 16 Jan. 2019 According to an SFMoMA person at the preview, the only way the installation crew could tell the difference was to weigh both in their hands. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory’ Review: Beauty in the Meticulous," 17 Dec. 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
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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