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

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 season originally was scheduled to open at 8 p.m. Saturday with a free concert that would preview compositions to be performed over the next nine months. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra postpones season opener by one week amid bitter labor dispute," 13 Sep. 2019 So for Browns fans, this is another opportunity to preview what Beckham can do on the field, starting this Sunday against the Titans. Tim Bielik,, "Colin Kaepernick tweets out video of him working out with Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.," 5 Sep. 2019 Once the ’stache is perfected, the Super Fans will be ready for their next adventure, a new bit for NBC to preview the Bears opener against the Packers on Thursday night. Chris Boghossian,, "Da story behind Da Bears — and how the sausage-eating, Mike Ditka-obsessed, Chicago-aggrandizing Super Fans are still part of Chicago sports today," 3 Sep. 2019 IndyStar's IU Insider Zach Osterman and Chronic Hoosier are joined this week by CrimsonCast's Galen Clavio, to preview the coming football season on the first game week of 2019. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "'Mind Your Banners' previews the IU football season," 26 Aug. 2019 The Chronicle’s national baseball writer John Shea joins A’s beat writer Susan Slusser to preview the A’s and Giants matchup this week at Oracle Park. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Plus podcast: Bay Bridge Series preview," 12 Aug. 2019 Ahead of tonight's debate, senior officials for Joe Biden's campaign gave reporters a background briefing to preview the former vice president's posture heading in to the 10-candidate event. NBC News, "Biden sets sights on Trump for tonight's debate," 1 Aug. 2019 Each coach will bring several players with them to preview the 2019 season. Ben Thomas |,, "Live updates from Monday’s Mobile County HS Media Day at Ladd-Peebles Stadium," 22 July 2019 ESPN’s College GameDay will be at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas on the morning of Week 1 of the college football season to preview that night’s marquee matchup between Oregon and Auburn in the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "ESPN’s College GameDay headed to Oregon-Auburn season opener," 18 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now two of the top teams in the South Shore League square off in a potential postseason preview., "Most read on," 13 Sep. 2019 Bengals beat writer Tyler Dragon, personality Lindsay Patterson and photographer Kareem Elgazzar preview the team’s Week 2 game against the 49ers. Tyler Dragon,, "Bengals notebook: RB Joe Mixon (ankle) practices for the first time this week," 12 Sep. 2019 The preview sale is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 8 pm., "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 Apple Apple TV+, which has seen trailers for its shows trickle out over the last few weeks, got a few more previews at today’s event, including See, Jason Momoa’s show set in a future where only his children can see and that seems to annoy everyone. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at today’s September event," 10 Sep. 2019 During an opening preview, there were tacos filled with saucy birria and others laced with crispy cheese, huitlacoche (corn smut) and mushrooms ($13 for three). Janelle Bitker,, "Nido’s Backyard opens with mezcal, Tequila and Mexican fare in Oakland," 10 Sep. 2019 From the preview photos, this feature seems pretty great. Jake Krol, CNN Underscored, "New iPhone 11 is just $699: Your pre-order guide," 10 Sep. 2019 In one preview clip (below), Kylie, Kendall, and Kim get ready for the 2019 Met Ball. Martha Sorren,, "When Was The New Season Of Keeping Up With The Kardashians Filmed?," 8 Sep. 2019 But the musicians’ first work obligation isn’t until 10 a.m. Wednesday, when rehearsals begin for a free season-preview concert scheduled to be performed next Saturday. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "BSO and musicians in marathon contract negotiations as deadline looms," 7 Sep. 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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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of preview was in 1607

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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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