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 unit is working to get more Oath apps preloaded in new smartphones, which could boost usage. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Verizon’s Internet Boss Tim Armstrong in Talks to Leave," 7 Sep. 2018 Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager whacked Google for insisting that smartphone handset makers preload Google’s search and web browser apps in phones using Google’s Android operating system. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe Fights the Last Google War," 18 July 2018 Android phones come preloaded with Google apps and services, including Search. Fox News, "Google is fined $5 billion by EU in Android antitrust case," 2 Oct. 2018 The emulator can run a bunch of operating systems: for the app, it's preloaded with Windows 95. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point," 25 Aug. 2018 Today, Android phones come preloaded with 11 apps, each of which generates revenue for Google in a different way. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Android Antitrust Decision Threatens to Shake Mobile Industry, Google Business Model," 18 July 2018 Specifically, Oath’s Newsroom, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and Go90 mobile video apps will be preloaded on Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus phones sold through Verizon going forward. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Verizon is putting Oath bloatware like Go90 on its Galaxy S9 phones," 2 May 2018 The Replicator+ is preloaded with five prints ready to go. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Plug and 3D-Print With the Makerbot Replicator+," 17 Oct. 2016 The government does not argue that AT&T preloading its own services and content onto phone and prioritizing their traffic outside of data caps will create an unfair advantage over Netflix. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad," 15 June 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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