proof·read | \ˈprüf-ˌrēd \
proofread\ˈprüf-ˌred \; proofreading

Definition of proofread 

transitive verb

: to read and mark corrections in (something, such as a proof)

Examples of proofread in a Sentence

He proofread the essay carefully.

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Parents, teachers or counselors can suggest themes that will appeal to admissions officers (hardship, discrimination, fighting for social justice), advise on writing structure and vocabulary, and proofread final submissions. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "Save the SAT Writing Test," 8 July 2018 Legitimate businesses proofread their official communications. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Morning America' Host Lara Spencer Warns Fans of Popular Scam Using Her Name," 10 July 2018 For those who insist on doing returns by hand, there's no substitute to proofreading to ensure your math is correct. Dan Caplinger, USA TODAY, "8 silly tax goof-ups that will delay your IRS refund," 7 Apr. 2018 Doing this will save you the time of proofreading each web address and is particularly worthwhile for websites that have access to your financial information. NBC News, "Warning: Misspelling that web address can lead to trouble," 30 May 2018 Legit businesses proofread their official communications, even text messages. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "There's a Target Gift Card Scam You Need to Be Aware Of," 29 May 2018 The system’s spell checker is separate from the grammar and proofreading tools included with programs like Microsoft Office (which has its own settings). New York Times, "How to Adjust Your Mac’s Spelling Controls," 22 May 2018 The center is looking for one or two volunteers who would not mind looking over text to proofread. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 But, as evidenced by the massive collection of autocorrect fails, computers aren’t always right, and failing to proofread suggested text could spell trouble. Madeline Buxton,, "Gmail Is Going To Help Us Write Our Emails — Is That A Good Thing?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of proofread

1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of proofread

: to read and correct mistakes in (a written or printed piece of writing)


proof·read | \ˈprüf-ˌrēd \
proofread\-ˌred \; proofreading\-ˌrē-diŋ \

Kids Definition of proofread

: to read over and fix mistakes in (written or printed matter) It's a good idea to proofread your homework.

Other Words from proofread

proofreader noun

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