pre·​or·​der ˌprē-ˈȯr-dər How to pronounce preorder (audio)
variants or pre-order
preordered or pre-ordered; preordering or pre-ordering

transitive + intransitive

: to order (something) in advance : to request to purchase (something) before it is available for sale
preorder an upcoming new release
You can preorder online.
preorder noun
or pre-order
plural preorders or pre-orders
The book is now available for preorder.
They're already taking preorders.

Examples of preorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matic is available to preorder starting today at for an introductory price of $1,495 (savings of $300) and includes a yearlong Matic membership ($180 value). Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, The Verge, 2 Nov. 2023 The two exclusive pressings of the Barbie soundtrack are now available to preorder on at $160 each (or $140 each for VMP members). John Lonsdale, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2023 These MacBook Pro models are available to preorder today and will become available on November 7th. Emma Roth, The Verge, 31 Oct. 2023 Both are available to preorder now ahead of their November 17 release. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2023 Read Article > Oct 4 Antonio G. Di Benedetto Where to preorder the Google Pixel Watch 2 Image: Google Google’s Pixel Watch has been with us for a full year now, and the surprise hit smartwatch now gets the honor of having its own iterative update. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 12 Oct. 2023 Available to preorder soon and shipping later this year, the Echo Hub will come with a wall-mount bracket, power adapter, and six-foot cable (USB-A to C). Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, The Verge, 20 Sep. 2023 Valentine Demos will be released both digitally and on vinyl on November 3, with the EP available to preorder now. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 Last year, DeSantis opposed providing COVID vaccines to young children after Florida came under fire for being the only state not to preorder doses ahead of the federal government's approval of vaccination for children under 5. Phil Galewitz, CBS News, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preorder was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Preorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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