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

Moreover, because the District has been denied an opportunity to preview the article, the District does not endorse it. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Bear Creek High School Administrators Tried to Shut Down Student Newspaper's Article About a Classmate Who Does Porn," 3 May 2019 The rug is one of eight models by leading designers that were first previewed at IKEA's Democratic Design Days conference at its headquarters in Almhult, Sweden, last June. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Virgil Abloh's IKEA Rugs Are Already Going for Thousands on Ebay," 26 Apr. 2019 This isn't the first time Balfe has previewed next season on social media. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actress Caitriona Balfe Just Teased Season 5's First Episode on Instagram," 3 Apr. 2019 This weekend saw Victoria Beckham preview her brand's Autumn/ Winter 2019 collection at the Tate Britain gallery as part of London Fashion Week. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham's Entire Family Sat Front Row at Her London Fashion Week Show," 17 Feb. 2019 Their first 27-piece capsule, previewed exclusively in the images here, possesses the same sentimentality that drew Chan back home, but the duo are not stuck in the past. Vogue, "The Girls Behind YanYan, a New Knit Label From Hong Kong, Are Making Modern Maa Maa Style," 14 Mar. 2019 The House of Run guys preview the Boston Marathon, discuss the Commonwealth Games and rave about USC sprinter Michael Norman on their most recent podcast., "Remembering Jon Hendershott; the latest on Mt. SAC's stadium; Oregon track & field rundown," 12 Apr. 2018 In that speech, Castro previewed an early education program that would become his signature achievement, Pre-K 4 SA, and a college-admittance counseling center that would become Cafe College. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "For Nirenberg, time has come today," 10 Apr. 2018 Ahead of this year's sale, natives volunteer Gail Snyder previews what to expect from her group's booth this year. Birmingham Botanical Gardens,, "Variety of native plants available at Spring Plant Sale," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now for the bad news: With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update just around the corner, the Windows Insider preview builds being tested are designated for release in the future. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Windows 10's latest Insider preview gives Task Manager a simple, stellar storage enhancement," 15 May 2019 At a preview on Monday morning, the inimitable voices of everyone from Jean-Paul Gaultier to Judy Garland played as running commentary through the Costume Institute's normally serene galleries. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Why the 2019 Met Gala is Going to be More Over the Top Than Ever," 6 May 2019 The preview lets Cortana users access Alexa, and vice versa. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Alexa now available on Windows 10 PCs," 8 Nov. 2018 In a preview of a flashback scene for next week's episode, viewers see Jack holding on to a black soldier who appears to have been hurt. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "The Important Things You Totally Missed on 'This Is Us' Last Night," 10 Oct. 2018 At a press preview earlier this month, Kondo spoke about finding that KonMari fans often have trouble completing the tidying process. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Marie Kondo is now selling fancy boxes to help you declutter," 24 July 2018 The season preview of the arts will publish Sept. 9, 2018, in the Orlando Sentinel. Anne Dunlap,, "Hey, Orlando and Central Florida arts groups - send us your 2018-19 events," 28 June 2018 Watch the previews and read critic Moira Macdonald’s take. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Tuesday Morning Brief, June 12: What Trump and Kim agreed on, Seattle head-tax repeal," 12 June 2018 Believe it or not, tickets to the June 22 preview of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure are just $299. Scott Craven, USA TODAY, "Disney's selling tickets to visit California Adventure's new Pixar Pier before everyone else," 16 May 2018

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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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