preprogram

verb, transitive + intransitive pre·pro·gram \ ˌprē-ˈprō-ˌgram , -grəm \
variants: or pre-program

Definition of preprogram

preprogrammed or pre-programmed; preprogramming or pre-programming
: to program (something or someone) in advance
  • Users preprogram their contacts into the app, and with the press of a button, the app will automatically text those contacts.
  • —Issi Lapowsky
  • In commercial or industrial buildings you could preprogram lighting cycles …
  • —Trevor Pott
  • … before birth we are preprogrammed with a wide amplitude of longevity prospects, intelligence and physical capabilities.
  • —Ken Miller

preprogrammed

play \ˌprē-ˈprō-ˌgramd, -grəmd\ or pre-programmed adjective
    • preprogrammed settings/instructions
    • a preprogrammed flight plan
    • genetically preprogrammed behavior

preprogramming

or pre-programming noun
    • … no preprogramming is involved and a vision system isn't required to map the terrain. Instead, the elastic actuators that make up the robot's legs conform to the surface it's walking on …
    • —Brian Heater
    • For example, we inherited a belief that there are 365 days in each year. … By default, we've accepted this preprogramming through habit and belief in truth set by others.
    • —Aaron Anson

First Known Use of preprogram

1959

in the meaning defined above

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