preview

verb
pre·​view | \ ˈprē-ˌvyü \
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

preview

noun

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

called also trailer

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Other Words from preview

Verb

previewer \ ˈprē-​ˌvyü-​ər \ 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

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has previewed Tuesday's Champions League tie against Chelsea, identifying the Blues' strengths, praising their midfield and singling out Belgian forward Eden Hazard as a key threat. SI.com, "Barcelona Midfielder Ivan Rakitic Identifies Chelsea's Strengths Ahead of Champions League Clash," 20 Feb. 2018 Likewise, chefs Kate Williams (Lady of the House), George Azar (Flowers of Vietnam) and Garrett Lipar (Albena) all previewed their respective restaurants with residencies at Frame. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Best New Restaurant #4: Frame, Hazel Park," 15 Feb. 2018 During this year's tour, guests previewed items from an upcoming exhibit honoring gay Mardi Gras krewes that will open in 2019. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Will narcissus bulbs bloom next year after being forced indoors?," 3 Feb. 2018 Because Shania Twain is previewing her new single during a live concert on Saturday. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Shania Twain's New Single Debuts on Saturday," 26 Apr. 2017 At a board meeting this week, Chamber officials previewed preliminary findings. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "More than two dozen teachers given notice by Indianapolis Public Schools," 29 June 2018 At this massive rally today in Fargo, North Dakota, the president previewed this looming battle and so much more. Fox News, "What Trump is looking for in his next Supreme Court justice," 28 June 2018 To preview the event, there are already a few deals currently live for your perusal. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Amazon’s Digital Day sale discounts ebooks, comics, software, movies, and more," 27 Dec. 2018 Walgreens Express will allow patients to preview costs for their medicine, prepay for eligible prescriptions and choose between home delivery or express pickup in store. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Walgreens Launches Next-Day Prescription Home Delivery With FedEx," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jonathan Larson, the composer and playwright of the musical, sadly passed away following an aortic dissection in the early morning on January 25, 1996—the very day Rent was set to open in previews Off-Broadway. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'Rent' Composer Jonathan Larson's Legacy Lives On," 25 Jan. 2019 According to the network’s preview, Agents McGee (Sean Murray) and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) may have done a little off-the-books cyber hacking while working on a murder investigation. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘NCIS’ Is Introducing a Controversial Guest Star Who's Trying to Arrest Torres and McGee," 8 Jan. 2019 While the arguments didn't focus on these issues, plaintiffs' attorney David Frederick offered a preview during Monday's arguments. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Apple hopes to stop a customer lawsuit over its App Store monopoly," 27 Nov. 2018 The play, directed by Bartlett Sher and co-produced by Scott Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater, opens in previews at the Shubert Theatre on Nov. 1. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Jeff Daniels Never Wanted to Do Hamlet, but Atticus Finch Is ‘Role of a Lifetime’," 6 Sep. 2018 And last night was just a preview of what is to come. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "During Pitti Uomo, Luisa Via Roma and the Naked Heart Foundation Announced Their Collaboration With a Dazzling Gala Dinner," 10 Jan. 2019 Vancouver’s strategy could be a preview of what’s to come in the Seattle metro region. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Vancouver, B.C., bet on modular housing to ease homelessness. Could it work in Seattle?," 1 Oct. 2018 Below: Various applications in Mojave's new Dark Mode, from our recent Mojave preview. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 2018 The play, which earned accolades in London, begins previews in New York on March 16. Eliana Dockterman, TIME.com, "Inside Disney’s Ambitious Plan to Bring," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of preview

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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preview

verb

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

preview

noun

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

preview

noun
pre·​view | \ ˈprē-ˌvyü \

Kids Definition of preview

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

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