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 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, "Former Google CEO Fires Back at Justice Department’s Antitrust Suit," 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, "The acquisitions that made Google a search monopoly," 20 Oct. 2020 Cards will be preloaded with your payment and feature the same protections against loss, theft and fraud as a traditional bank account would. NBC News, "RNC signals convention to stay in North Carolina after Trump threats," 30 May 2020 For music, Sweden’s Spotify or France’s Deezer may come preloaded on phones, depending on deals with local phone carriers, said Forrester’s Husson. Washington Post, "Huawei races to replace Google apps for next smartphone," 30 Jan. 2020 But on Thursday, the FDA moved forward with a ban on all preloaded nicotine devices with sweet and savory flavors. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas teen dies from vaping-related illness," 2 Jan. 2020 That's how many encrypted websites are preloaded into Smarter Encryption, a new tool put out by privacy-forward search engine DuckDuckGo. Wired, "A Twitter #Fartgate, a Google Dream Dies, and More News," 19 Nov. 2019 Maybe a medium preloaded with thousands of years of content. Ryan Perry, Popular Science, "Gifts for the person who’d rather listen to podcasts than talk to you," 8 Dec. 2019 Forgey said the party was still considering ‘‘all other options.’’ Late Saturday, the Nevada Independent reported that party officials were developing ‘‘a tool,’’ not an app, that would be preloaded on iPads to capture data. Holly Bailey,, "After the caucus meltdown in Iowa, Democrats in Nevada fear a repeat," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of preload

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Preload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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