Definition of preview in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpriːvjuː/


1An opportunity to view something before it is acquired or becomes generally available: I have photos of the goods if anyone would like a preview
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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 film, exhibition, etc. before its official opening: there was a small reception after the preview
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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 trailer for a film: the preview shows a scene not included in the actual film
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  • Are you aware of Hollywood studios making previews and trailers of their big budget films available to cell phone users?
  • Finally, disc one contains a Humphrey Bogart trailer gallery with previews of 12 of his films - good stuff.
  • Extra features include three anime previews and four needless character profiles.
1.3A publicity article or review of a forthcoming film, book, etc., based on an advance viewing: in our preview of children’s books, we select some forthcoming titles
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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[with object]
1Display (a product, film, etc.) before it is made generally available: 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 (a forthcoming event): 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.



Example sentences
  • After all, if the previewers hated that show there was no skin of my, erm, feet.
  • Although a horde of Thursday night previewers came to the consensus that ‘it was cute,’ this film is not worth paying $8 or over to see.
  • ‘We have been sending copies to television previewers, but this is the first time we have been contacted by picture desks asking for tapes,’ he says.

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