pre·​load ˈprē-ˌlōd How to pronounce preload (audio)
preloaded; preloading; preloads

transitive verb

: to load in advance and especially at a time removed from that of use
preloaded software

Examples of preload in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rift Apart utilize the SSD to preload worlds and levels in seconds in anticipation of the player’s next move. Michael J. Seidlinger, Wired, 10 Mar. 2021 Riders should plan for additional travel time Sunday, said the MBTA, which also advised people to preload their CharlieCards and CharlieTickets. John Hilliard,, 18 Mar. 2023 Simply preload the wooden pellets in the hopper, which are then pulled into the fire pot by an auger. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2023 Players who pre-order a Ragnarok Collector's Edition won't even be able to preload their digital copy of the game to play immediately on launch day. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 7 July 2022 The only way to buy these items on most United flights is to preload a credit or debit card into your account. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 2 June 2022 With the app, users preload emergency contacts to be pinged when they are pulled over or confronted by law enforcement officers. NBC News, 4 Mar. 2022 Device makers and carriers can preload competing app stores alongside Google Play, for example. John D. McKinnon, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2021 Though Flight Simulator has been available to preload on the Microsoft Xbox Series X console, the new update will require an additional 27.6GB to install, Microsoft said in a blog post. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 27 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preload was in 1945

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Cite this Entry

“Preload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


pre·​load -ˈlōd How to pronounce preload (audio)
: the stretched condition of the heart muscle at the end of diastole just before contraction
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