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

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“Prescreen.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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