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[pree-vyoo] /ˈpriˌvyu/
an earlier or previous view.
an advance showing of a motion picture, play, etc., before its public opening.
an advance showing of brief scenes in a motion picture, television show, etc., for purposes of advertisement.
anything that gives an advance idea or impression of something to come.
verb (used with object)
to view or show beforehand or in advance.
Also, prevue.
Origin of preview
1600-10; 1920-25 for def 2; pre- + view
Related forms
unpreviewed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Great idea to preview hotel rooms, but photos won't cover all factors.
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  • It showed up perfectly in the preview, but now the kanji and kana appear as question marks.
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  • In the preview the last line of each poem appeared separated from the previous ones by an empty line.
  • So, read over the preview pages and then head to your local shop to pick up the rest of the story.
British Dictionary definitions for preview


an advance or preliminary view or sight
an advance showing before public presentation of a film, art exhibition, etc, usually before an invited audience of celebrities and journalists
a public performance of a play before the official first night
(transitive) to view in advance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for preview

c.1600, "to see beforehand," from pre- + view (v.). Meaning "to show (a film, etc.) before its public opening" is from 1928. Related: Previewed; previewing.


"a foretaste," 1880, from preview (v.); specifically "a showing of a book, film, etc. before public release" from 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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