- to read (printers' proofs, copy, etc.) in order to detect and mark errors to be corrected.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for proofreader
Is that not the business of the author, the editor, and the proofreader?
If any questions are to be raised they should be discussed by the proofreader with the author.
W R fired three copyboys and a proofreader he was so mad at himself.Greener Than You Think
The proofreader on a paper of large circulation is an example.The Book of Courage
John Thomson Faris
Any questions which then arise lie between the author and the proofreader.Division of Words
Frederick W. Hamilton
- to read (copy or printer's proofs) to detect and mark errors to be corrected
Word Origin and History for proofreader
also proof-read, 1878, back-formation from proofreader. Related: Proofread; Proofreading.
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