noun, verb (used with object), pre·vued, pre·vu·ing.
an earlier or previous view.
an advance showing of a motion picture, play, etc., before its public opening.
an advance showing of brief scenes in a motion picture, television show, etc., for purposes of advertisement.
anything that gives an advance idea or impression of something to come.
verb (used with object)
Origin of preview
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an advance or preliminary view or sight
an advance showing before public presentation of a film, art exhibition, etc, usually before an invited audience of celebrities and journalists
a public performance of a play before the official first night
(tr) to view in advance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"a foretaste," 1880, from preview (v.); specifically "a showing of a book, film, etc. before public release" from 1920.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper