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verb (used with object), proof·read [proof-red] /ˈprufˌrɛd/, proof·read·ing [proof-ree-ding] /ˈprufˌri dɪŋ/.
  1. to read (printers' proofs, copy, etc.) in order to detect and mark errors to be corrected.
verb (used without object), proof·read [proof-red] /ˈprufˌrɛd/, proof·read·ing [proof-ree-ding] /ˈprufˌri dɪŋ/.
  1. to read printers' proofs, copy, etc., to detect and mark errors, especially as an employee of a typesetting firm, newspaper office, or publishing house.

Origin of proofread

1930–35; back formation from proofreader (see proof, read1)
Related formsproof·read·er, nounun·proof·read [uhn-proof-red] /ʌnˈprufˌrɛd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb -reads, -reading or -read (-ˌrɛd)
  1. to read (copy or printer's proofs) to detect and mark errors to be corrected
Derived Formsproofreader, noun
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Word Origin and History for proofread

also proof-read, 1878, back-formation from proofreader. Related: Proofread; Proofreading.

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