beta-read

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare earlier beta-test (to test software before its public release).

Verb[edit]

beta-read (third-person singular simple present beta-reads, present participle beta-reading, simple past and past participle beta-read)

  1. (chiefly Internet) To proofread a text, especially fan fiction.
    • 2010, Erin A. Pyne, The Ultimate Guide to the Harry Potter Fandom (page 128)
      This sounds like an AP English class, but in fact, the online community of fan fiction writers are willing to beta-read and be mentors, giving constructive feedback.