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proofread

[proof-reed] /ˈprufˌrid/
verb (used with object), proofread
[proof-red] /ˈprufˌrɛd/ (Show IPA),
proofreading [proof-ree-ding] /ˈprufˌri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
1.
to read (printers' proofs, copy, etc.) in order to detect and mark errors to be corrected.
verb (used without object), proofread
[proof-red] /ˈprufˌrɛd/ (Show IPA),
proofreading [proof-ree-ding] /ˈprufˌri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
2.
to read printers' proofs, copy, etc., to detect and mark errors, especially as an employee of a typesetting firm, newspaper office, or publishing house.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; back formation from proofreader (see proof, read)
Related forms
proofreader, noun
unproofread [uhn-proof-red] /ʌnˈprufˌrɛd/ (Show IPA), adjective
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Examples from the web for proofread
  • Once they both approve it, the blurb is proofread and copy-edited to conform to the publishing house's style.
  • Others don't properly proofread their submissions, or they send far more material than was requested.
  • But really, all the more reason to ask someone to proofread.
  • Let us know if you want anyone to proofread it for you.
  • Kudos for creativity, but they've lost credibility if they can't even proofread their public statement.
  • Public domain books are proofread by volunteers who are given a page of a scanned book to compare with the electronic text.
  • So proofread your résumé, have someone else look it over, and then you proofread it again.
  • Someone ought to proofread these articles for punctuation before they're posted.
  • proofread it every time that you create a new version.
  • Kevin really should have proofread this article himself.
British Dictionary definitions for proofread

proofread

/ˈpruːfˌriːd/
verb -reads, -reading, -read (-ˌrɛd)
1.
to read (copy or printer's proofs) to detect and mark errors to be corrected
Derived Forms
proofreader, noun
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Word Origin and History for proofread
v.

also proof-read, 1878, back-formation from proofreader. Related: Proofread; Proofreading.

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