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preview

play
verb pre·view \ˈprē-ˌvyü\

Definition of preview

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to see beforehand; specifically :  to view or to show in advance of public presentation

  3. 2 :  to give a preliminary survey of

previewer

play \-ˌvyü-ər\ noun

Examples of preview in a sentence

  1. The designers will preview their new lines at the fashion show.

  2. They previewed the upcoming football season.

  3. You can preview the page before you print it.

1607

First Known Use of preview

1607

Other Performing Arts Terms


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preview

noun pre·view

Definition of preview

  1. 1 :  an advance statement, sample, or survey

  2. 2 :  an advance showing or performance (as of a motion picture or play)

  3. 3 less commonly prevue play \-ˌvyü\ :  a showing of clips from a motion picture advertised for appearance in the near future —called also trailer

Examples of preview in a sentence

  1. We saw the movie at a special preview.

  2. Before the movie starts they always show previews of coming attractions.

  3. There are previews of the next week's episode at the end of each show.

  4. They gave a preview of the upcoming football season.

  5. The magazine includes a preview of the newest fall fashions.

1882

First Known Use of preview

1882


PREVIEW Defined for English Language Learners

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preview

play
verb pre·view \ˈprē-ˌvyü\

Definition of preview for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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preview

noun pre·view

Definition of preview for English Language Learners

  • : a special show or performance that allows some people to see a movie, play, etc., before it is shown to the public

  • : 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


PREVIEW Defined for Kids

preview

play
noun pre·view \ˈprē-ˌvyü\

Definition of preview for Students

  1. :  an instance of showing something (as a movie) before others get to see it


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