What is the difference between Preview and Overview?

The difference between preview and overview

is that “preview” is an experience of something in advance and “overview” is a brief summary, as of a book or a presentation.




  • An experience of something in advance.
  • (colloquial) An advance showing of a film, exhibition etc.
  • Something seen in advance. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  • (computing) a facility for seeing and checking a document, or changes to it, before saving and/or printing it.


  • forelook


  • Synonym: foretaste
  • 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; […].


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


  • A brief summary, as of a book or a presentation.
  • An inspection.


  • With that in mind, here is an attempt to provide an overview of what’s happening where, as well as a recap on some of the major announcements that have taken place in the past few months.
  • Are we betray’d thus to thy over-view?


  • To engage in an overview; to provide a brief summary.


  • Gouldner, on the other hand, overviewed all of sociology as it exists in the Western world today, using Talcott Parsons as a “representative” example of its dominant mode of thought.