proof·​read | \ ˈprüf-ˌrēd How to pronounce proofread (audio) \
proofread\ ˈprüf-​ˌred How to pronounce proofread (audio) \; 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.
Recent Examples on the Web One of these advantageous proteins is an enzyme called exonuclease (ExoN), which helps the virus proofread and correct copies as they are made. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Support Science Journalism," 23 June 2020 Because the genome is so large, many mutations could occur during replication that would cripple the virus, but SARS-CoV-2 can proofread and correct copies. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Support Science Journalism," 23 June 2020 Behrens encourages students at St. Mary’s, where three-quarters are first generation, to sign up for multiple part-time remote tutoring and proofreading gigs if necessary. Alia Malik,, "Coronavirus pandemic puts squeeze on jobs, internships for San Antonio-area college students," 27 Apr. 2020 Others, like proofreading, are best left to do later in the process. Ryan Korstange, The Conversation, "6 ways to build motivation to do your schoolwork now that you’re forced to learn online at home," 7 Apr. 2020 But Samasource began finding contracts, including one to proofread digital book transcripts, providing work for Kenyans. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Leila Janah, Social Entrepreneur, Created Tech Jobs in Africa," 30 Jan. 2020 China says still needs to be proofread, still needs to be translated. CBS News, "Transcript: Robert Lighthizer on "Face the Nation," December 15, 2019," 15 Dec. 2019 The unnamed third narrator is a systems engineer who, dismissed from his previous job, secures a temp assignment at the factory proofreading documents. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The Factory Is a Chilling Account of the Contemporary Workplace," 2 Dec. 2019 Be sure to proofread your work in order to prevent errors. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 10, 2019: Aries, consolidate your resources; Sagittarius, strike while the iron is hot," 10 Dec. 2019

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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 How to pronounce proofread (audio) \
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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