pre·​pro·​gram ˌprē-ˈprō-ˌgram How to pronounce preprogram (audio)
variants or pre-program
preprogrammed or pre-programmed; preprogramming or pre-programming

transitive + intransitive

: 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 adjective
or pre-programmed
preprogrammed settings/instructions
a preprogrammed flight plan
genetically preprogrammed behavior
preprogramming noun
or pre-programming
… 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

Examples of preprogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of trying to preprogram actions, Microsoft decided to teach its gaming technology to recognize gestures in real time just like a human does: by extrapolating from experience. Susan Kuchinskas, Scientific American, 7 Jan. 2010 The serendipity involved represents a key element of the art of traveling: not needing to control or preprogram your experience, letting things unfold organically and taking the chance to be delighted by the unexpected. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preprogram was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Preprogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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