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Borrowed from Old French preveu, past participle of preveoir (to foresee). See pre- + view.



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preview (plural previews)

  1. An experience of something in advance.
    Synonym: foretaste
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].
  2. (colloquial) An advance showing of a film, exhibition etc.
  3. Something seen in advance. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (computing) a facility for seeing and checking a document, or changes to it, before saving and/or printing it.



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preview (third-person singular simple present previews, present participle previewing, simple past and past participle previewed)

  1. To show or watch something, or part of it, before it is complete.