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 preselection (audio) \ noun

Examples of preselect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Repeat this action for every identically preselected, weakly measured particle. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Spin-Swapping Particles Could Be “Quantum Cheshire Cats”," 6 May 2019 French candidates must be preselected by the Culture Ministry before being passed on to Unesco for review. Claire Mufson, New York Times, "Paris Bistros Became Symbols of Resilience. But Are They Unesco Worthy?," 16 June 2018 French candidates must be preselected by the Culture Ministry before being passed on to UNESCO for review. Claire Mufson,, "Bistros are the life of Paris, but are they UNESCO worthy?," 16 June 2018 In theory, this genetic fingerprint could be used to preselect patients who would respond to T-cell therapy, and screen out those who should not undergo the costly, complex process. Marie Mccullough,, "Penn study points to why T-cell therapy fails in some patients," 30 Apr. 2018 The event begins with a reception and auction, followed by a presentation of next season’s five preselected shows, as well as an additional final five plays under consideration. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of April 8," 5 Apr. 2018 In judicial elections in December, a majority of Bolivians voiced their anger at the government by nullifying their ballots rather than picking from a list of judges that had been preselected by leftists. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Bolivia Tells President His Time Is Up. He Isn’t Listening.," 28 Jan. 2018 The MyPark app allows users to preselect and reserve their own parking spots at Dadeland Mall. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Parking in Miami is big business but still a bargain | Miami Herald," 5 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of preselect

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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9 Oct 2019

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The first known use of preselect was circa 1859

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