proofread

verb
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)

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Examples of proofread in a Sentence

He proofread the essay carefully.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The platform was developed in house over the past two years to automate a range of law office tasks, such as proofreading legal documents and searching for precedent cases. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Our IT Is So Good, Let’s Sell It, Firms Say," 9 July 2019 Even a second or third editor proofreading the excerpt should have picked up on this and raised a red flag. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "A book on Kavanaugh has real news. But it’s lost in the furor over a botched New York Times excerpt.," 16 Sep. 2019 The officer then handed him a five-page college paper to proofread. Erica L. Green, New York Times, "A ‘Second Chance’ After 27 Years in Prison: How Criminal Justice Helped an Ex-Inmate Graduate," 8 July 2019 In the room were three linguists on each language team, two translating and a third proofreading a message sent by the emergency management team in the other room. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Local station wants to be source for limited English speaking communities before and after a crisis," 7 July 2019 Warren proofread the handbook and gave her feedback: Its language needed to be more inclusive and frame the issue more broadly. USA Today, "COPY, PASTE, LEGISLATE Progressives borrow strategy from anti-abortion groups: Use copycat legislation," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of proofread

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proofread

back-formation from proofreader

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The first known use of proofread was in 1845

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27 Dec 2019

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“Proofread.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proofreading. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for proofread

proofread

verb
How to pronounce proofread (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of proofread

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

proofread

verb
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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