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



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 preview (audio) \ : a selected group of scenes shown to advertise a movie, television show, etc.

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previewer \ ˈprē-​ˌvyü-​ər How to pronounce preview (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 The initial 34-piece collection to hit the block will preview in Sotheby’s spaces, in New York, Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and Paris before returning to New York, where the sale will take place. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Audi has unveiled the second in a trio of concept cars that showcase the marque’s future design language and preview the shift to electrification. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2021 Each week the show can be seen on Thursday night at 5 p.m. as Sondheimer and Rosenbloom review and preview the week in high school football. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Vanguard, which will preview before the Dallas Empire and Minnesota Rokkr play at 2 p.m. CST to kick off Champs. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2021 Dan Labbe joins to discuss the biggest storylines from training camp so far and preview the Browns’ first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 This meeting will preview the project and formally launch a new chamber committee that is designed to minimize the impact of the project on the local business community., 13 Aug. 2021 The Team USA climber who lives in Salt Lake City stepped out into the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo on Wednesday morning and craned her neck to preview the route up the 50-foot lead wall. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 After the first of the film trilogy of terrors premiered on Netflix last week, the streamer released the trailer for Part 2 to preview what's in store for viewers this coming Friday. Nick Romano,, 5 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Little ones 5 and older who show up at 6 p.m. can take part in a free class onstage right before the performance, which is a preview of the 2021-22 season. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Sep. 2021 This is a preview of Sound Money, Forbes’ free weekly newsletter about pressing issues that matter to your financial well-being: personal finance, investing, taxes and retirement. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 This game is a preview in terms of styles, one that Texas will face in its new conference. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 The threat may also be a preview of a return of the crushing of constitutional norms that characterized Trump's White House. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 Unemployed residents struggling to survive on low state benefits are a preview of what could come nationwide as federal pandemic aid programs expire. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 This is a preview of the On Soccer With Rory Smith newsletter, which is now reserved for Times subscribers. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 The battle between adelgid and fly is a preview of future fights to curtail invasive species. Zoya Teirstein, Wired, 14 Aug. 2021 This week’s season-opening episode is a preview of top players, top teams and top opening games in Southern California. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of preview


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Preview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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



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


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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