preprogram

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

Definition of preprogram

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

Other Words from preprogram

preprogrammed \ ˌprē-​ˈprō-​ˌgramd How to pronounce preprogrammed (audio) , -​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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“Preprogram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preprogram. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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