Definition of preview in English:


Syllabification: pre·view
Pronunciation: /ˈprēˌvyo͞o


  • 1An inspection or viewing of something before it is bought or becomes generally known and available: you can get a sneak preview of the pictures on sale
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    • The highlight of the night was when the band stepped off stage to let us view a sneak preview of a documentary on the legendary band Cream, who is reforming for a series of concerts this year.
    • The party will also give the wartime buddies the opportunity to have a sneak preview of the Imperial War Museum North before it opens in July.
    • Judging by the unbridled reaction to a sneak preview last Thursday night of the exciting new video and CD, Images of Carlow - it's sure to take the album charts by storm.
  • 1.1A showing of a movie, play, exhibition, etc., before its official opening.
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    • He said after seeing a special preview of the exhibition: ‘It sent shivers down my spine.’
    • Anyone interested in having a preview of the exhibition on Tuesday or Wednesday prior to the opening may do so by arrangement with the gallery.
    • Latvians who escaped persecution in their occupied country and set up home in Bradford have been given a special preview of a moving exhibition.
  • 1.2A short extract shown in a movie theater as publicity for a forthcoming film.
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    • And yet, watching short previews of 30 of this year's offerings at the Fringe-for-all last week, it all seemed strangely familiar.
    • Stay tuned for a full-fall movie preview on Sept. 26, and happy popcorn munching.
    • He will offer a two-minute sneak preview of his in-production film.
  • 1.3A commentary on or appraisal of a forthcoming film, play, book, etc., based on an advance viewing.
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    • And of course, we'll still churn out new and classic game reviews and the latest previews as developers and publishers gear up for Christmas.
    • But we've also done a truckload of action figure reviews, Anime reviews, and game previews, which is to say nothing of the feature articles and classic reviews.
    • Advance previews of the film label it mediocre.
  • 1.4 Computing A facility for inspecting the appearance of a document before it is printed.
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    • To find out more and download the preview software, point your browser here.
    • Also, the print preview shows headers, like the page title and URL, which do not appear when the pages are printed.
    • It also allows direct PC-less printing and has a preview screen with software which allows you to remove red-eye.


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  • 1Display (a product, movie, play, etc.) before it officially goes on sale or opens to the public: the company will preview an enhanced version of its database
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    • And on August 24 the Royal Museum will preview the new BBC film JLB, a documentary about Baird's life.
    • Susan Dawson previews some of the products on show at Orgatec, the world's largest office furniture exhibition to be held in Cologne on 22-26 October.
    • Visconti's film was previewed in the spring of 1943 and quickly censored, not to be appreciated until after the war.
  • 1.1See or inspect (something) before it is used or becomes generally available: the teacher should preview teaching aids to ensure that they are at the right level
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    • In addition, two out of twenty teachers mentioned previewing books before reading as an effective strategy.
    • It is free for you to submit an ad for a roommate and to preview room listings but the contact information for any available rooms WILL cost you.
    • While previewing a new manuscript from my friend Stephen Covey, I came across some terribly dispiriting figures from a Harris Poll of 23,000 full-time U.S. workers in key industries.
  • 1.2Comment on or appraise (a forthcoming event) in advance: next week we’ll be previewing the new season
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    • Apparently, the Open Door reviewers previewed the first revised version, but judging from the following review, either one would have deeply upset those guardians.
    • Rachel O'Connor previews the Northern Academy of Performing Arts production of Windy City
    • I'm currently watching CBS Sunday Morning and they are previewing the films coming this fall.

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