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pre·​sale ˌprē-ˈsāl How to pronounce presale (audio)
variants or pre-sale
: done, existing, or occurring before a sale
a presale party/tour/exhibition
presale expectations
a presale disclosure
Sotheby'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
: 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


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variants or pre-sale
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

Examples of presale in a Sentence

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Additionally, Citi and Verizon are both offering presale tickets on Feb. 20. Thania Garcia, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 Tickets for the Vida en Rosa tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, while fans can access presale tickets starting Tuesday. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 Furthermore, presale tickets will be available to Citi cardmembers beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 The first drop of 100 presale tickets for Fyre Festival II went on sale Monday for $499 a pop and sold out within a day, according to the festival's website. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 23 Aug. 2023 Eligible Capital One Cardholders get exclusive access to presale tickets before the general public beginning Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. ET through Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 16 Jan. 2024 On Tuesday night, fans found out whether they were granted a presale code to buy Taylor Swift tickets for her upcoming tour dates in Indianapolis next year. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2023 There are no presale tickets for any of the events. Staff Report, Chicago Tribune, 26 June 2023 Tickets for the shows go on sale on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. local time, while presale tickets will be made available on Dec. 7. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 5 Dec. 2023
There is a Citi cardmember presale that runs 10 a.m. Feb. 20 to 10 p.m. Feb. 22, Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Fans can signs up now for an access code to a presale that begins on Friday (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m. ET here; a public onsale will follow at 5 p.m. ET if any tickets remain. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 The presale will begin Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. P.T. and a festival SMS list at is now open for sign-ups for an access code to the presale. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 Citi cardholders have access to a presale that runs from 10 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Thursday. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, 12 Feb. 2024 Complaints about these systems came to a head during the November 2022 presale to Taylor Swift's Eras tour. Ash-Har Quraishi, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 Ticket presale begins on Friday (Feb. 9) at 10 a.m. ET. Taylor Mims, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2024 Tickets for the Mind of a Country Boy Tour kick off with a presale for members of Bryan’s official fan club, running from Tuesday at 8 a.m. local time to Thursday at 5 p.m. local time. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 Citi cardholders have access to a presale that runs from 10 a.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. Thursday. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of presale was in 1917

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“Presale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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