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

called also trailer

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previewer \ ˈprē-​ˌvyü-​ər How to pronounce previewer (audio) \ noun

Examples of preview in a Sentence


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.


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

With a few industry insiders and close friends, Skye previewed her latest project which is out August 27th. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's Where You Can Grab Justine Skye's Adorable Midi Dress," 23 Aug. 2019 IndyCar insider Jim Ayello previews the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Clark Wade, Clark. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Jack Harvey's quiet role in helping build Meyer Shank into exciting young team," 26 July 2019 Campaign embeds Priscilla Thompson and Maura Barrett preview the Iowa State fair, which starts Thursday. NBC News, "Some frustrated Republicans are walking out instead of speaking up," 7 Aug. 2019 Despite holding a glitzy launch event in March previewing four major new services, the company has managed to roll out only one so far, Apple News+, which has not been as successful as the company projected. Los Angeles Times, "Apple stock rises on optimism for new iPhone sales," 30 July 2019 While previewing Hulu’s revival of Veronica Mars, the noir drama about the titular, once-teenage sleuth, the show’s star Kristen Bell dropped a grim clue. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Veronica Mars Twist That Undoes a Strong Season," 23 July 2019 Last year, Amazon Prime brought six projects to its inaugural panel, previewing future hits like Homecoming and Good Omens. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "The Paradox of the Incredible Shrinking Comic-Con Expansion," 17 July 2019 Pay-what-you-can preview tickets: Along with serving plenty of its namesake fare, the fourth annual Pilsen festival features art installations, Latin music and dance performances, a beer garden, and tequila tastings. Samantha Nelson,, "Free things to do in Chicago this week: Drag show in Symphony Center alley and Lakeview Live," 17 July 2019 Here is our Orlando Sentinel newspaper coverage from launch day, previewing the historic mission. Roger Simmons,, "Apollo 11 launch 1969: Read our Orlando Sentinel pages from 50 years ago," 16 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, released its second trailer along with a new preview of Jexi starring Adam Devine. Annie Howard, The Hollywood Reporter, "Movie Trailers This Week: 'Bad Boys for Life,' 'Jojo Rabbit'," 8 Sep. 2019 As Hurricane Dorian continues her slow plod up the East Coast, the nests in her wake provide a preview of what’s to come in Georgia. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: What Hurricane Dorian Means for Georgia’s Record-Breaking Number of Sea Turtle Nests," 4 Sep. 2019 Watch a preview of the second episode of Beyond the Gridiron: The Mountain, which chronicles the 2019 South Mountain High football team. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Brophy Prep QB Elijah Warner wins AIA appeal, can make his debut against Tolleson," 4 Sep. 2019 For a preview of Rojas’ and Martell’s stories and work, check out their videos below. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Dr. Martens Announces Debut Music & Film Series Showcasing Talent in Los Angeles & New York," 4 Sep. 2019 Rivers won’t complain, though, if the game his dad savored serves as a preview. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Philip Rivers, a year after finally beating Chiefs, resumes Super Bowl bid," 4 Sep. 2019 The brand of baseball the Giants play during Bochy’s final month preceding his retirement may even provide a preview of what’s in store for 2020. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "September baseball will provide preview of Giants’ future beyond Bochy," 31 Aug. 2019 Josh Rottenberg wrote a preview of the Telluride festival, where seven films in the last 10 years went on to win the Oscar for best picture. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: It’s on with Fall Movie Sneaks," 30 Aug. 2019 The space became popular during previews of Galaxy’s Edge, despite two unusual factors: Patrons are allowed only a 45-minute stay and there’s a two-drink maximum. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney Star Wars: Visitors cheer Oga’s Cantina at Galaxy’s Edge," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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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
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


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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