- The definition of a preview is a show of something before it is finally released.
An example of a preview is a sneak peek at a film that is coming soon to theaters.
- To preview is to see or hear something before it is finalized.
- An example of preview is to look at an art exhibit before the exhibit is open to the public.
- An example of preview is to hear parts of a speech before it is given at a meeting.
- ☆ a previous or preliminary view or survey
- a restricted showing, as of a film, before exhibition to the public generally
- a showing of scenes from a film, TV show, etc. in advertising its coming appearance
- An advance showing, as of a movie or art exhibition, to which a selected audience is invited before public presentation begins.
- An advance viewing or exhibition, especially the presentation of several scenes advertising a forthcoming movie; a trailer.
- An introductory or preliminary message, sample, or overview; a foretaste.
transitive verbpre·viewed, pre·view·ing, pre·views also pre·vued or pre·vu·ing or pre·vues
- To view or exhibit in advance.
- To provide a preliminary sample or overview of: The professor previewed the course for us.
(third-person singular simple present previews, present participle previewing, simple past and past participle previewed)
preview - Computer Definition
To see ahead of time. Page layout and word processing programs often have a preview function that lets you see how all the pages will appear before they are printed. In the days of character-based interfaces, a preview was absolutely necessary to see how different fonts would look or how graphics would integrate with text. In today's GUI-based applications, a preview typically produces thumbnails of all the pages so you can spot excessive page breaks and inconsistencies in the entire document.