pre·​clear | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈklir How to pronounce preclear (audio) \
precleared; preclearing; preclears

Definition of preclear

transitive verb

: to give prior approval or permission to or for (something or someone) : to clear (something or someone) in advance preclear goods for import The ability to preclear passengers would make an expansion to year-round service more feasible, said Porter Air President Bob Deluce.Associated Press Under the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination … must "preclear" with the Justice Department any changes that may affect minority power at the polls.— John Gibeaut

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preclearance \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈklir-​ən(t)s How to pronounce preclearance (audio) \ noun, plural preclearances
Sixteen airports around the world allow U.S.-bound passengers to clear customs before they land. It's a program known as preclearance. — Norah O'Donnell … the preclearance section of the Voting Rights Act. It declared that before putting new laws about electoral procedures into effect, the states and localities covered by the Voting Rights Act had to submit them to the Justice Department for approval. — Michael L. Levine

Examples of preclear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Note: concertgoers must be precleared to attend by submitting their driver’s license number. Robert Gant, Anchorage Daily News, "Time to sleigh: Enjoy winter holiday traditions and create new ones with these upcoming events," 5 Dec. 2019 Alabama was one of several Southern states that, prior to 2013, had to have changes in voting rules precleared by federal authorities. John Sharp |, al, "Mobile could be second-largest city in Alabama under mayor’s annexation plan," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of preclear

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Preclear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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