pre·​in·​stall | \ (ˌ)prē-in-ˈstȯl \
preinstalled; preinstalling; preinstalls

Definition of preinstall

transitive verb

: to install (software) on a computer prior to sale

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preinstallation \ (ˌ)prē-​ˌin(t)-​stə-​ˈlā-​shən \ noun

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This is no biggie: The average Android user already downloads 50 apps to his phone that weren’t preinstalled by the manufacturer. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "At the Expense of U.S. Tech, a European Star Is Born," 27 July 2018 Brussels also frets that Google paid some manufacturers to preinstall the search app. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe Fights the Last Google War," 18 July 2018 The Facebook app comes preinstalled on many smartphones sold in the country. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook removed hundreds more accounts linked to the Myanmar military for posting hate speech and attacks against ethnic minorities," 19 Dec. 2018 The website states that the console comes with 800 games preinstalled onto the console. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Soulja Boy is selling his own video game consoles," 9 Dec. 2018 It was released in October 2011 and since the release of iOS 9 comes preinstalled. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Apple's Find My Friends App Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 The Watch comes with the Nike Run Club app preinstalled, which offers over 180 workouts. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "New Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 has launched with limited quantity in stores," 5 Oct. 2018 Google Pay is less popular despite being preinstalled on Android phones. Rani Molla, Recode, "Starbucks’s mobile payments system is so popular in the U.S., it has more users than Apple’s or Google’s," 22 May 2018 In the Camp Wandawega suite at the Madison, Wis., location, guests can choose from the 21 games preinstalled on the in-room Super NES Classic Edition consoles. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "How Hotels are Upping the Ante on In-Room Entertainment," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of preinstall

1983, in the meaning defined above

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