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pre·​view ˈprē-ˌvyü How to pronounce preview (audio)
previewed; previewing; previews

transitive verb

: to see beforehand
specifically : to view or to show in advance of public presentation
: to give a preliminary survey of
previewer noun


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: an advance statement, sample, or survey
: an advance showing or performance (as of a motion picture or play)
or less commonly prevue : a selected group of scenes shown to advertise a movie, television show, etc.

called also trailer

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
In previewing what’s to come, the executive mentioned the Neue Klasses line, and said that its first two models would be an SUV—or Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) as the brand’s calling it. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 Microsoft could preview the model at its annual developer conference, Build, later this month, The Information reported. Britney Nguyen, Quartz, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for preview 

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Word History

First Known Use


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of preview was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Preview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
pre·​view ˈprē-ˌvyü How to pronounce preview (audio)
: to view or show in advance


2 of 2 noun
: a showing of something (as a movie) before regular showings
also prevue : a showing of bits from a movie that is to be shown in the near future
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