pre·load | \ˈprē-ˌlōd \
preloaded; preloading; preloads

Definition of preload 

transitive verb

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

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The service would come with an app preloaded on AT&T Wireless customers’ smartphones. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "AT&T Beat the Government Over Time Warner—Now Comes the Hard Part," 13 June 2018 As part of the Prime Exclusive collection, Prime members will get a discount on the devices along with preloaded apps like Prime Photos, Video, and Music. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Amazon adds two new Motorola phones to its Prime Exclusive lineup," 21 June 2018 Nintendo is releasing a gold and red Famicom Mini in Japan that comes preloaded with 20 games that are based on manga, as spotted by Kotaku. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Nintendo is making a special edition Famicom Mini loaded with manga games," 14 May 2018 Even though beacons are preloaded with $10, some homeless people will not accept one. Scott Greenstone,, "Homeless? This startup has an app for that," 9 May 2018 Generally less viscous than BHO or rosin hash, CO2 oil is often sold preloaded into vaporizer cartridges or disposable vaporizer pens. Alex Wigglesworth,, "Legal weed in California: A consumer's guide," 20 Apr. 2018 Facebook Lite doesn't appear to preload photos at all. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Facebook Lite Slims Down Your Social Experience," 16 Mar. 2018 PrEP basically preloads your body with medicine, family doctor Adam Lake, M.D., an American Academy of HIV Medicine specialist working for Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, tells SELF. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "PrEP Isn’t Just for Men Who Have Sex With Men—Should You Be on It?," 19 Jan. 2018 Then, in September of last year, another hit—a mini, revamped version of the SNES preloaded with 21 games. Rachel Tepper Paley,, "Eight Retro Gadgets That Got Modern Updates," 18 Jan. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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pre·load | \-ˈlōd \

Medical Definition of preload 

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

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