pre·​pro·​cess (ˌ)prē-ˈprä-ˌses How to pronounce preprocess (audio)
preprocessed; preprocessing; preprocesses

transitive verb

: to do preliminary processing of (something, such as data)
(ˌ)prē-ˈprä-ˌse-sər How to pronounce preprocess (audio)

Examples of preprocess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Being able to preprocess a portion of the absentee ballots on Sunday and Monday to prepare them for counting helped speed up the tabulations this year, Baxter said. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 2022 Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, in the wake of the 2020 election, pointed to Florida — where election officials have weeks to preprocess absentee ballots — as a model for Michigan. Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2022 For one, Funding Circle preprocessed thousands of loans before the second round opened up, and Metcalf says some 61% of those PPP applications were for $50,000 and under (the average loan size BlueVine has processed is also $50,000). Anne Sraders, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2020 Out of 100 recordings of test words, for two of them preprocessing returned an error. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preprocess was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Preprocess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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