prescreen

verb
pre·​screen | \ ˌprē-ˈskrēn How to pronounce prescreen (audio) \
variants: or pre-screen
prescreened or pre-screened; prescreening or pre-screening

Definition of prescreen

transitive verb

1 : to screen (someone or something) in a preliminary way prescreen job applicants … a prescreened and carefully selected audience …— Noemie Emery A computer could prescreen mammograms, and then radiologists would view only those images that contain suspicious signs.— Karen F. Schmidt
2 : to show a preliminary screening of (something, such as a film) … of those 10 movies, more than half weren't pre-screened for the critics.— Richard Freedman

First Known Use of prescreen

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Learn More About prescreen

Time Traveler for prescreen

Time Traveler

The first known use of prescreen was in 1923

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near prescreen

Prescott Valley

prescreen

prescribe

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for prescreen

Cite this Entry

“Prescreen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prescreen. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!