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presale

adjective pre·sale \ ˌprē-ˈsāl \
variants: or pre-sale

Definition of presale

1 : done, existing, or occurring before a sale
  • a presale party/tour/exhibition
  • presale expectations
  • a presale disclosure
  • Southeby's pre-sale estimate was $12,000-15,000, but early bidding indicated that the final sales price would go far higher.
  • —R. O. Blechman
2 : of, relating to, being, or involving a presale
  • She paid $30 to join the … fan club, which gives members access to presale tickets.
  • —Marco R. della Cava
  • presale orders for the book
  • bought a presale condo

First Known Use of presale

1917

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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presale

noun
variants: or pre-sale

Definition of presale

plural presales or pre-sales
: the sale of something before it is completed or available
  • … the first run of books is nearly sold out in presale on Amazon.
  • —Brooke Edwards
  • As stated earlier, a presale is literally a sale of your film to a particular territory before the film is made.
  • —Stacey Parks
  • … said most developers would now need a large number of presales to get bank backing.
  • —Susan Edmunds
  • Tickets go on sale to the general public May 14. Select presales begin May 7.
  • —Andrew Gans
  • Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that Apple has "sold hundreds of thousands" of iPads since the device went on presale March 12.
  • —Erica Ogg

First Known Use of presale

1918

in the meaning defined above

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