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.