pre·​se·​lect ˌprē-sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce preselect (audio)
preselected; preselecting; preselects

transitive verb

: to choose in advance usually on the basis of a particular criterion
preselection noun

Examples of preselect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Customers preselect a one-hour slot for their delivery. Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2022 Travelers who want a meat-free meal on international routes should preselect their meals while purchasing their tickets or during check-in. cleveland, 29 May 2022 Jones, a philosophy professor, frequently presents her students with ethical conundrums, such as whether potential parents should preselect embryos with desirable traits. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Reed used a yellow highlighter to preselect 300 applications that signed voters up for the Indiana Democratic primary without their consent, according to the affidavit. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2020 The car's automatic transmission uses GPS and map data to preselect appropriate gears for upcoming hills and curves. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 1 Sep. 2020 But critics fear that the new model, if adopted, will render the community powerless to stop a preselected site. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 Instead, its precious cargo will be consumers' preselected goods. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, 6 Feb. 2020 Ford made about 4,000 of them and buyers were not preselected. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 22 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preselect was circa 1859

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“Preselect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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