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