proof·​read·​er | \ ˈprüf-ˌrē-dər How to pronounce proofreader (audio) \

Definition of proofreader

: a person who proofreads
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Recent Examples on the Web Andrei’s mother, Maria Tarkovskaya, also a poet, went to work as a proofreader at a Moscow publishing house. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Drenching Richness of Andrei Tarkovsky," 8 Feb. 2021 Grammarly is basically a competent automatic copy editor and proofreader. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Become a better writer with these online tools," 20 Oct. 2020 Walter Mitty, in his most realistic version, is a dull, suburban proofreader. Mariel Wamsley, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Horse Girl’ and ‘Ma’," 8 Feb. 2020 Back at Janelia, after the computers filled in the neuron images, a team of about 50 proofreaders went over the algorithm’s results, looking for erroneous shapes and connections. Gregory Barber, Wired, "The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'," 22 Jan. 2020 That last step was carried out by combining machine learning algorithms from Google with a team of proofreaders at Janelia. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Largest Brain Wiring Diagram to Date Is Published," 22 Jan. 2020 Nancy Depper, a copy editor and proofreader in Oakland, has multiple sclerosis. New York Times, "California Wanted to Protect Uber Drivers. Now It May Hurt Freelancers.," 16 Dec. 2019 Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978 and was a query proofreader at the magazine for twenty-four years. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "“Arrogate” and Other Pesky Impeachment Words," 12 Dec. 2019 In dealing with his charges, Mr. Sargeant makes sure to separate fact from fable, a holdover from his stint as proofreader and fact-checker for Magnificat. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’: Ninth Commandment goes to Princeton," 19 Dec. 2019

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Proofreader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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