Definition of preview in US English:



  • 1An inspection or viewing of something before it is bought or becomes generally known and available.

    ‘you can get a sneak preview of the pictures on sale’
    • ‘The highlight of the night was when the band stepped off stage to let us view a sneak preview of a documentary on the legendary band Cream, who is reforming for a series of concerts this year.’
    • ‘The party will also give the wartime buddies the opportunity to have a sneak preview of the Imperial War Museum North before it opens in July.’
    • ‘Come for a sneak preview on our initial findings!’
    • ‘Judging by the unbridled reaction to a sneak preview last Thursday night of the exciting new video and CD, Images of Carlow - it's sure to take the album charts by storm.’
    • ‘Montrealers get a sneak preview from Toronto choreographer Claudia Moore as she presents an excerpt from On Earth, a work that puts aspects of daily life on stage.’
    • ‘Flaggy Lane production company could be heard rehearsing for their forthcoming epic production of Singing in the Rain as the guests at the launch were treated to a sneak preview.’
    • ‘I've been listening to some fantastic new music from my favourite songwriter, a sneak preview of his new album, and so that has brightened my mood considerably.’
    • ‘As a sneak preview, I offer a song that has been up on my site for quite a while (and will remain on the site for the foreseeable future).’
    • ‘Friday's first snapshots amounted to a sneak preview.’
    • ‘Several leading designer brands gave a sneak preview of their upcoming collections in a show at the upscale IFC shopping mall in Central on Wednesday afternoon.’
    1. 1.1 A showing of a movie, play, exhibition, etc., before its official opening.
      • ‘Anyone interested in having a preview of the exhibition on Tuesday or Wednesday prior to the opening may do so by arrangement with the gallery.’
      • ‘Most members of the audience who saw a special preview of the film in Kochi on Tuesday came out of Sreedhar Theatre with the satisfaction of having seen a serious film.’
      • ‘Soon after a preview of the film here on Tuesday, the actress found time to interact with the media.’
      • ‘Latvians who escaped persecution in their occupied country and set up home in Bradford have been given a special preview of a moving exhibition.’
      • ‘If the exhibition preview is anything to go by, her vivid, shimmering canvases are certainly worth exploring.’
      • ‘He said after seeing a special preview of the exhibition: ‘It sent shivers down my spine.’’
      • ‘Advance previews include the opening night film, The School of Rock, starring Jack Black, the Sundance favourite, Pieces of April, and Argentinean heart-warmer Valentin.’
      • ‘Early screenings suggested as much, or suggested trouble at least, as preview audiences found the film too dark and violent, all in all too un-Leo.’
      • ‘Since the first tickets went on sale a week ago, around 300,000 have already been sold, and many preview and opening week showings are already full up.’
      • ‘There he was at the movie's first preview in a Dallas shopping center far from any salt water.’
      • ‘The preview of the film held at Kerala Fine Arts Hall last week reflected this mood of celebration that the group had felt, with a few visuals from the shooting process being screened there.’
      • ‘After the preview, the exhibition will move to the London Air Gallery for a week.’
      • ‘Last night I spent almost all the money I had left in the troll bank to see an advanced preview of the Harry Potter movie, less than a week after the world premier and a week ahead of general release in the UK.’
      • ‘Nationwide ticket demand for weekend previews of the eagerly-awaited film were described as frantic by one cinema manager yesterday.’
      • ‘But it was the very first public preview [of Amadeus] in London.’
      • ‘Smiley attended a fundraising preview of the film before a professional racing crowd at the restaurant formerly owned by Seabiscuit jockey George Woolf.’
      • ‘On Thursday, at one end of the office there were several invitees to a film preview, while at another end, there was a stream of visitors wanting to register their names with the Association.’
      • ‘Going into this preview, I didn't have high hopes for Shrek 2.’
      • ‘For your information, the dates of the previews now begin March 31 with the opening day remaining May 12.’
      • ‘Next week Dean is offering a special sneak preview of the film with screening in Nimbin and Lismore.’
    2. 1.2 A short extract shown in a movie theater as publicity for a forthcoming film.
      • ‘Are you aware of Hollywood studios making previews and trailers of their big budget films available to cell phone users?’
      • ‘The trailers and previews on this disc, as well as on most of their discs, are for the VHS releases.’
      • ‘This film will have to sell itself based on its previews because it can't be sold by word of mouth.’
      • ‘When I first saw the preview for this film, I thought it was just another stupid chick flick with inexperienced actors.’
      • ‘Extra features include three anime previews and four needless character profiles.’
      • ‘But there are interviews and a short making of featurette as well as previews of several titles in what is proving to be a great line of DVD's.’
      • ‘I've just watched a seven-minute kind of preview of it.’
      • ‘We have the standard character gallery and anime previews.’
      • ‘Finally, disc one contains a Humphrey Bogart trailer gallery with previews of 12 of his films - good stuff.’
      • ‘A funny two-minute Total Request Live spoof and some previews finish the bonus features.’
      • ‘Finally there are two theatrical trailers for the film, a few previews for other Fox releases, and some DVD-ROM content.’
      • ‘Fall movie preview: From here to Thanksgiving, all-you-can-eat at cinemas’
      • ‘He will offer a two-minute sneak preview of his in-production film.’
      • ‘The original film easily made my Top 10 List of 2002, and the preview trailers had left me drooling like Pavlov's dog.’
      • ‘I'll be the first to admit - what attracted me to the film was the preview.’
      • ‘The trailers and previews on this disc are for the VHS releases.’
      • ‘I hadn't seen any previews, read any publicity material, nor visited the IMDb to look at the entry.’
      • ‘Other than the Godzilla trailers, we get previews for various anime. Why do they think Godzilla fans automatically like anime?’
      • ‘Stay tuned for a full-fall movie preview on Sept. 26, and happy popcorn munching.’
      • ‘In recent weeks, however, audiences waiting to see Spike Lee's Inside Man have seen a different kind of preview of a different kind of film.’
      • ‘Beyond these commentaries are a handful of deleted scenes that couldn't have saved the film, a trailer of the film, and previews of other Sony releases.’
      • ‘The site also features a ‘talkback’ section and preview clips of the film.’
      • ‘The only extra features included on The Harvest are some previews for other Columbia thriller/horror films.’
      • ‘I had seen the previews for this film before, but I have been a little too busy lately to catch many films in the theater.’
      • ‘Many of the scenes had already been glimpsed in the excellent preview trailers.’
      • ‘And, of course, eight trailers and previews for other entertainments from Mickey and Company, six of which will smack you over the head before you even get to the menu selections if you fail to opt out.’
      • ‘And yet, watching short previews of 30 of this year's offerings at the Fringe-for-all last week, it all seemed strangely familiar.’
      • ‘The only extras on the disc are the standard clean opening and closing animations, as well as some previews for other anime titles from ADV.’
      • ‘The Man from Colorado is a barebones disc, featuring only a preview gallery of trailers that appear before the main menu.’
      • ‘Really, I have no idea how making movies really work, no terminology whatsoever, except the kind you get when they show those little slides before previews at the movie theatre.’
      • ‘The only extras on the disc are a trailer for Guns & Talks and a handful of previews for other live action ADV releases.’
      sample, taster, taste, trailer, appetizer, tester, specimen, example
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    3. 1.3 A commentary on or appraisal of a forthcoming film, play, book, etc., based on an advance viewing.
      • ‘Even bad reviews and previews usually have a nice sentence or two about the game.’
      • ‘But we've also done a truckload of action figure reviews, Anime reviews, and game previews, which is to say nothing of the feature articles and classic reviews.’
      • ‘Every time I do an early preview / review on a new distribution I know I'm going to miss a lot.’
      • ‘First, we're adding short previews at the back of the magazine, topping off the ‘Reviews’ section.’
      • ‘The Roberts Hearings Are Set to Begin: The Washington Post's preview is here.’
      • ‘After lackluster previews, producer David Selznick feared for its American release and severely edited the film.’
      • ‘And of course there's always the meat of the magazine: the reviews and previews.’
      • ‘Here now is my quick guide to the film, including some notes from the book, that may give you a good little preview of the film.’
      • ‘Once viewed as a lemon, Consumer Reports ranks it first among small cars in the publication's 2004 new-model preview.’
      • ‘The magazine, published by Walton Media, is a bumper 96 pages, packed with news, reviews, previews, pro-tips, sport psychology, the history of the game and much more.’
      • ‘I will also offer discounts, free books, previews and exclusive work to those people on my mailing list.’
      • ‘Advance previews of the film label it mediocre.’
      • ‘We'll keep covering Edmonton's theatre community like a blanket, with previews and reviews of the plays that make this city one of Canada's most vibrant performing arts centres.’
      • ‘A conversation I overheard yesterday between two people looking at a Film previews thingy in a newspaper in a cafe.’
      • ‘Laidler provided a preview of this book's thesis in The Golden Age.’
      • ‘Until now, the public have had to rely on feverish speculation in numerous newspaper previews.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong, it's a very positive preview.’
      • ‘And of course, we'll still churn out new and classic game reviews and the latest previews as developers and publishers gear up for Christmas.’
      • ‘I've seen a lot of previews and reviews for Oni in which critics have praised the graphics as top of the line.’
      • ‘You'll be able to find press releases and links to previews and reviews in local publications (like the one you're reading now).’
      • ‘One of this week's newspaper TV previews was saying as much, and seemed to agree with your opinion on the first one, Flowers.’
      • ‘However, even having said that, there are a couple of previews and articles out there about it so have a peek at the following.’
      • ‘Our popular Weekender section is being expanded to include all the latest news from the amateur dramatic societies, with reviews, previews and other items.’
      • ‘If it is just an ordinary movie, all you do is just a preview and the review.’
      • ‘As always, we have loads of previews and reviews as well, which you can see below.’
    4. 1.4Computing A facility for inspecting the appearance of a document before it is printed.
      • ‘On the list of top enhancements are support for large data sets, keyboard shortcuts, and a layout preview in printing as well as background printing.’
      • ‘A preview window and a toolbar will appear in the right window.’
      • ‘Internet Explorer and Outlook Express 5.5 are included, IE5.5 finally getting a decent print engine featuring print preview.’
      • ‘It also allows direct PC-less printing and has a preview screen with software which allows you to remove red-eye.’
      • ‘In addition, this program demonstrates a few other techniques including selecting a font, changing page settings, and displaying a print preview.’
      • ‘Painter 7 also includes a live preview in the JPEG and GIF export dialogs, which are a step up from previous capabilities.’
      • ‘Also, the print preview shows headers, like the page title and URL, which do not appear when the pages are printed.’
      • ‘Another nice feature: the ability to assign almost any task, from requesting a print preview to toggling graphics on and off, to a single keystroke.’
      • ‘To preview this application, go to their home page and their preview page.’
      • ‘To find out more and download the preview software, point your browser here.’


[with object]
  • 1Display (a product, movie, play, etc.) before it officially goes on sale or opens to the public.

    ‘the company will preview an enhanced version of its database’
    • ‘Remember the short-lived hullabaloo sparked off by the Federal Trade Commission's report that film studios were previewing violent R-rated films to children?’
    • ‘Next year Vauxhall will have a new version of its Frontera, which is being previewed at Frankfurt.’
    • ‘Sundaribai's works are currently being previewed at the British Council Gallery in New Delhi up to May 10.’
    • ‘In addition to previewing a final product, these pictures can also document changes to the course throughout the year.’
    • ‘Waight Keller's first collections, for autumn and winter 2006, were previewed at Milan fashion week in February.’
    • ‘And on August 24 the Royal Museum will preview the new BBC film JLB, a documentary about Baird's life.’
    • ‘Visconti's film was previewed in the spring of 1943 and quickly censored, not to be appreciated until after the war.’
    • ‘From an animated gay short to a host of features, this month's film festival will preview lesbian and gay cinema 2000’
    • ‘The four parts of the cycle have, over the past two years, been previewed to Scottish audiences and praised for their mix of the fantastical and the contemporary.’
    • ‘We believe that previewing the ad on the web is a great way of stimulating extra interest in the brand.’
    • ‘Gateway also previewed two products that the company will launch at Comdex, a Serial ATA JBOD device that provides storage up to 2 terabytes, as well as a Serial Attached Storage product.’
    • ‘The Producers previews from Friday at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, WC2, and opens on November 9’
    • ‘The first film they previewed for me was Cinescape Editor-In-Chief Anthony C. Ferrante's feature film debut BOO!’
    • ‘The film is due to be previewed to those involved in its production, and association members, before being shown to townspeople and released to travel operators and film and television companies.’
    • ‘The current show previews the diverse styles of six artists.’
    • ‘A remarkable assemblage of work by ceramicist Patrick G. Hall previewing his new Bawn Dubh collection exclusively at Design at the Granary.’
    • ‘The new Civic is scheduled to be previewed in September and should be available to buy from January 2006.’
    • ‘The Gallagher brothers will also be previewing some of their new material too.’
    • ‘Susan Dawson previews some of the products on show at Orgatec, the world's largest office furniture exhibition to be held in Cologne on 22-26 October.’
    • ‘Featured releases will be displayed in branded endcap displays and previewed at listening posts throughout the stores.’
    • ‘People didn't even want to have their films previewed on film because video was such a ‘debasement’ of their art.’
    • ‘Once editing was complete, the film was previewed for IFD and Nat Taylor.’
    advertise, publicize, announce, proclaim
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    1. 1.1 See or inspect (something) before it is used or becomes generally available.
      ‘the teacher should preview teaching aids to ensure that they are at the right level’
      • ‘You can preview it here, and you can buy it at CD Baby or Amazon.’
      • ‘I can also preview my posts before actually posting.’
      • ‘So I hope these work; I haven't had a chance to preview them.’
      • ‘I feel like I'm previewing a new play in Boston or Chicago.’
      • ‘Pressplay, an online service that enables consumers to preview individual songs as well as entire CDs, and then pay to download legal copies to their computers.’
      • ‘They're using the free MP3s as promotion to allow the user to preview the music, essentially, and then they'll sell a CD.’
      • ‘While previewing a new manuscript from my friend Stephen Covey, I came across some terribly dispiriting figures from a Harris Poll of 23,000 full-time U.S. workers in key industries.’
      • ‘First I put on the DVD of ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,’ which I'd previewed the night before.’
      • ‘After previewing the film, I have only one piece of advice: see it.’
      • ‘We have some wonderful photos (I know they are good because I can preview them on my camera) and some unforgettable memories.’
      • ‘Even US customs and drug enforcement agents previewing the film, set on the US-Mexican border, lauded it for showing their jobs as violent and difficult.’
      • ‘All you have to do is register to be allowed to download the Hi-Resolution images, or you can browse freely by previewing the pictures.’
      • ‘How excited I am to be able to preview one of my films in my home town - and for the first time I have turned down travel expenses!’
      • ‘‘When I was previewing the tapes, I had the visuals on, but had my eyes closed, listening to the levels…,’ says Nakagawa.’
      • ‘In addition, two out of twenty teachers mentioned previewing books before reading as an effective strategy.’
      • ‘It is free for you to submit an ad for a roommate and to preview room listings but the contact information for any available rooms WILL cost you.’
      • ‘Images can be previewed on the sharp, 1.8-inch LCD display.’
    2. 1.2 Comment on or appraise (a forthcoming event) in advance.
      ‘next week we'll be previewing the new season’
      • ‘I'm currently watching CBS Sunday Morning and they are previewing the films coming this fall.’
      • ‘Harry Eyres previews an evening of music inspired by - and played in the presence of - the giant sculpture in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall’
      • ‘The Guardian previews a published compilation of (mostly British) writers and authors views of the recent Iraq war.’
      • ‘As the holiday movie season winds down, we thought we'd preview the films of 2003 to see which ones stand out and which should stand down.’
      • ‘They preview the upcoming films, trying to drum up excitement and anticipation.’
      • ‘An acquaintance, previewing this film in one of its festival showcases, wrote it off as ‘just another obnoxious sexed-up teen comedy, with subtitles.’’
      • ‘The book is previewed in the current issue of The Economist (subscription required), in an article that's sure to get some of the sisters firing off letters to the editor.’
      • ‘Ross Stapleton previews the TV logjam which kicks off tonight.’
      • ‘Apparently, the Open Door reviewers previewed the first revised version, but judging from the following review, either one would have deeply upset those guardians.’
      • ‘Rachel O'Connor previews the Northern Academy of Performing Arts production of Windy City’
      • ‘Learning Resources previews a new video every week; snappy titles such as ‘Radiating Possibility.’’
      • ‘Jack Horkheimer, stargazer extraordinaire, will pay us a call to preview tonight's big show in the sky and share some loony facts about lunar events.’