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 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 The affirmative option will be preselected and the individual who wants decline must select the opt-out option. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, 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, 18 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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“Preselect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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