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

Definition of preload

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 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 But in most countries, the official Play store is the main place to get apps, and Google has required device makers to preload the store on phones, which competitors say gives it an unfair advantage. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Google says its agreements with mobile carriers reduce the prices people pay for phones and allow carriers and device makers to preload their own or other competing apps and app stores. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021 Then step on the brake pedal while adding pressure on the gas pedal to preload the driveline, and right before the maximum amount of boost is available–this metric is displayed in the instrument cluster–release the brakes. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 5 Feb. 2021 The suit particularly called out a series of agreements to make Google the default search engine on phones of virtually all U.S. carriers, as well as other deals that encourage mobile carriers to preload Google software onto their equipment. Rob Copeland, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2020 Key provisions in Android licensing deals require manufacturers to preload Google apps onto their devices and make Google the default search engine. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 20 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of preload

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Preload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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pre·​load | \ -ˈlōd How to pronounce preload (audio) \

Medical Definition of preload

: the stretched condition of the heart muscle at the end of diastole just before contraction


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