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


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

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 Mercedes is previewing a novel take on the concept—which has yet to reach widespread or even nascent adoption in the marketplace—on its ESF 2019 safety car concept. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "An Airbag for the Back Seat? Mercedes-Benz Is Developing a Clever One," 22 May 2019 Astronaut Nick Hague previews his first spaceflight in October. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Questions surround Kavanaugh's accuser after investigation demands; New hope for nuke-free N. Korea," 19 Sep. 2018 Celia Cruz, The Musical, which previewed for one night in Miami last December, will have its international premiere at the Starlite Festival in Marbella, Spain on Aug. 18. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "New Celia Cruz Musical Reclaims Story of the Great Cuban Singer," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Check out an exclusive preview of Archie & Sabrina #1 below, written by Spencer and illustrated by artist Sandy Jarrell, colorist Matt Herms, and letterer Jack Morelli. Christian Holub,, "Archie and Sabrina's romance creates drama in new comic preview," 11 June 2019 In an hour-long preview of upcoming games at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nintendo saved the biggest surprise for last. David Goldman, CNN, "Nintendo announces sequel to 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild'," 11 June 2019 Sophia Anne Caruso, who plays Lydia in the musical adaptation, in previews on Broadway now, is also 17. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beetlejuice's Sophia Anne Caruso Is Bringing Goth to Broadway," 17 Apr. 2019 From the opening cover, which in Florida features Florida running back Jordan Scarlett, FSU running back Cam Akers and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Athlon provides its readers with an in-depth preview of the 2018 season. Matt Murschel,, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 In a preview video for the collaboration, H&M teased a few elements from Giambattista Valli’s DNA shoppers can look forward to seeing in this capsule: colorful fabrics, full skirts, and playful embellished details. Glamour, "H&M x Giambattista Valli Is Happening—And Way Sooner Than You Think," 23 May 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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