preview

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to see beforehand
specifically : to view or to show in advance of public presentation
2
: to give a preliminary survey of
previewer noun

preview

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noun

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 : a selected group of scenes shown to advertise a movie, television show, etc.

called also trailer

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Williams will meet with the media for his weekly press conference at 3 p.m. to preview the Tigers’ game with the Hilltoppers. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 14 Nov. 2022 Oregon coach Dan Lanning held his weekly press conference tonight to recap the loss to Washington and preview the matchup with the Utes. oregonlive, 14 Nov. 2022 Check out how to claim your free bet of $1,000 and preview one of the biggest college football games of the year. Doug Ziefel, Chicago Tribune, 5 Nov. 2022 Now, columnist Mike Bianchi and Knights beat reporter Jason Beede recap the team’s win over Cincinnati, preview the Memphis Tigers and more. Jason Beede, Orlando Sentinel, 2 Nov. 2022 Following the press day, Anderson invited a select group to preview his latest project, the Loewe perfume debut store. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2022 Kirk Herbstreit, Corso’s fellow GameDay cast member and one of the more influential voices in college football, met with reporters via conference call on Tuesday to preview the 2022 season. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2022 Sun Sentinel columnist Chris Perkins and reporter David Furones preview the Miami Dolphins' game against the Minnesota Vikings and discuss QB Skylar Thompson. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2022 At that event, the broadcast network will preview its upcoming 2022-2023 slate to Madison Avenue. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 13 May 2022
Noun
On this game preview edition of Buckeye Talk, Doug Lesmerises, Nathan Baird and Stephen Means dig in deep on the matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan, while Michigan writer Aaron McMann stops by for a segment to lend his expertise. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 Peacock dropped a preview of the scene on YouTube Tuesday. Valerie Nome, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 Museum members get first pick at a preview reception held on Dec. 2. Sara Tardiff Gisela Williams Alice Newell-hanson Becky Malinsky Gisela Williams Kelly Boutsalis, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Going to the first preview of Father of the Bride was a thrill. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2022 Naturally, the episode ends with an extended preview for our next bad habit: The new season of The Bachelor, starring Zach Shallcross. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 23 Nov. 2022 Minnesota had perhaps its biggest win of the season Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills in what some pegged as a possible Super Bowl preview. Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 Access a preview of Black Friday offerings from the preppy menswear brand now. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2022 Russia's invasion offers a preview of a possible world of tyranny and turmoil that none of us want to live in. ABC News, 20 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preview. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

preview 1 of 2

verb

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

preview

2 of 2

noun

1
: a showing of something (as a movie) before regular showings
2
also prevue : a showing of bits from a movie that is to be shown in the near future
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