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

Definition of preselect

transitive verb

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

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preselection \ ˌprē-​sə-​ˈlek-​shən How to pronounce preselect (audio) \ noun

Examples of preselect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Fact check: Woman in Indiana charged with modifying absentee ballot applications, not mail-in ballots," 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, "The Rolls-Royce Ghost was so eerily quiet the engineers had to make it louder," 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, "He Set Up a Big Solar Farm. His Neighbors Hated It.," 18 Mar. 2020 Instead, its precious cargo will be consumers' preselected goods. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "First Self-Driving Vehicle with Federal Exemption Is Nuro Delivery Pod," 6 Feb. 2020 Ford made about 4,000 of them and buyers were not preselected. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford GTs sold for $450,000 three years ago. Now, they're worth more than $1 million," 22 Jan. 2020 The affirmative option will be preselected and the individual who wants decline must select the opt-out option. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Arizona may have violated the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of people. Will the state fix problems by Election Day?," 14 Jan. 2020 Tour fee includes tour and a tasting of four wines the staff has preselected, as well as your choice of one of their Madeiras. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Hitting the road: Tours can be pleasant adventures for seniors," 18 Oct. 2019 Last year, Colgate University, a liberal-arts college in upstate New York, similarly stopped letting incoming freshmen preselect their living buddies. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "When College Plays Cupid for Roommates," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of preselect

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preselect was circa 1859

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15 Dec 2020

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“Preselect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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