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.

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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

The House Democratic caucus invited Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr., who heads the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, to preview a new film on reconstruction., "Rep. John Lewis brought to tears by ancestor’s voter card," 11 June 2019 This allows the patient to preview what their smile will look like with different procedures, said Ghandehari. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "RB dental office focuses on preventative care," 6 June 2019 The entire point of the ESF 2019 concept was to preview features that might be relevant to drivers of the future, who by then will think of self-driving cars as normal. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "If You Crash a Mercedes-Benz in the Future, It Could Deploy a Robot to Warn Other Drivers," 21 May 2019 These opening minutes preview an installment unlike any other in Fear the Walking Dead lore, so saddle up, pardner, and watch the video for yourself above. Dalton Ross,, "Watch Fear the Walking Dead go full-on Western," 14 June 2019 Until there’s a bipartisan consensus to restrain spending, the Trump Treasury could at least try to manage the debt. *** The Bernie Sanders Story Yesterday this column previewed a speech by Sen. Bernie Sanders promoting socialism. James Freeman, WSJ, "Time for a Trump Refi," 13 June 2019 Universal CityWalk previewed its new (but not yet open) restaurant called Bigfire on Monday night. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal CityWalk previews new restaurant named Bigfire," 11 June 2019 That giveaway will preview the next doughnut creation to hit stores later in June. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Krispy Kreme Wants To Give You A Free Doughnut Tomorrow – No Strings Attached," 7 June 2019 Based on the three episodes previewed, so far, so pretty good in terms of justifying another dreamy drive up the California coast. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Big Little Lies' receives big boost from Meryl Streep," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They are built for this.’ Our preview of today’s match lays out a compelling case for each team to win today. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019 And Americans got a preview of what the next 10 months will be like, comedically speaking, as the Democrats try to winnow their field down to that one glee clubber who can actually sing and dance at the same time. Steve Johnson,, "Late-night TV confronts a tough question: Are Democratic candidates funny?," 28 June 2019 Prada went abroad to Shanghai for its menswear Spring/Summer 2020 preview. Washington Post, "Armani unveils Italian Olympic team uniforms during MFW," 15 June 2019 At the preview, water from melting snow beaded right off the fabric. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "On the Slopes in the North Face Futurelight Shell," 10 June 2019 This week, media, politicians and travel agents got a preview of the 4,004-passenger vessel, which is on its way to its first homeport in Seattle for summer sailings to Alaska. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Riding 30 mph go-karts at sea? NCL strives for high-energy fun with its new cruise ship | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 Men in Black: International started its opening weekend with $3.1 million in Thursday night previews on 3,472 screens. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Men in Black: International' Picks Up $3M in Thursday Previews," 14 June 2019 Here is Baseball America’s preview of the College World Series., "A fourth publication selects Adley Rutschman as college player of the year: Diamonds & Dust," 13 June 2019 McGrath explained during an intimate preview for editors on Wednesday morning. Shalwah Evans & Julee Wilson, Essence, "Pat McGrath Launches Sublime Foundation With 36 Shades," 13 June 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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