prescreen

verb pre·screen \ ˌprē-ˈskrēn \
variants: or pre-screen

Definition of prescreen

prescreened or pre-screened; prescreening or pre-screening
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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