hard·​wired ˈhärd-ˌwī(-ə)rd How to pronounce hardwired (audio)
: implemented in the form of permanent electronic circuits
also : connected or incorporated by or as if by permanent electrical connections
a hardwired phone
concepts of attractiveness may be universal and hardwired into the human brain Jane E. Brody
: genetically or innately determined : inborn
creature whose every action is a reflexive, hardwired responseNatalie Angier
also : genetically or innately predisposed
a human being who is hardwired to be sociable Forbes

Examples of hardwired in a Sentence

a cat with a hardwired compulsion to knock expensive knickknacks off of shelves
Recent Examples on the Web Humans are hardwired to have physiological responses to different physical environments, and these reactions can be influenced by socio-cultural factors. Will Daniel, Fortune, 9 July 2024 Some electric models have to be hardwired or mounted on a wall or ceiling, which needs professional expertise. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 June 2024 Leadership Why great managers don’t spend equal time on criticism and praise Our brains are hardwired to find fault. James Citrin, Big Think, 24 June 2024 Those jammers could potentially disable a doorbell camera that is not hardwired into the home’s electrical system. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2024 Paths for Success, the nonprofit foundation that originally approached Glasgow about building child care centers, provides the health and safety materials, including fire extinguishers, hardwired smoke detectors, flashlights, and cribs and cots. Andrea Hsu, NPR, 20 June 2024 Power Source Most outdoor lights are either hardwired or battery powered with either standard batteries or rechargeable solar batteries. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2024 The film compares the natural world’s rhythms and dramas with Heathcliff and Cathy’s urges for each other; as hardwired as animals and plants are to survive, so too are they compelled to push one another away and then pull them back. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 14 Feb. 2024 The common assumption has been that these rearrangements are hardwired and follow simple mechanical algorithms carried out by genes, but Levin suspected it wasn't so preordained. Rowan Jacobsen, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hardwired was in 1965

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“Hardwired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardwired. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


hard·​wired -ˌwī(ə)rd How to pronounce hardwired (audio)
: having or done using or as if using permanent electronic circuits or connections
a hardwired phone
a parent hardwired to defend their child

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