pre·​sell | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈsel How to pronounce presell (audio) \
presold\ (ˌ)prē-​ˈsōld How to pronounce presell (audio) \; preselling

Definition of presell

transitive verb

1 : to precondition (someone, such as a customer) for subsequent purchase or create advance demand for (something, such as a product) especially through marketing strategies
2 : to sell in advance raised money to publish the book by preselling film rights

Examples of presell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the coronavirus shutdown, Noraebar is preselling private room rentals at a discount. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "This NuLu bar got its liquor license one hour before Beshear ordered restaurant shutdown," 20 Apr. 2020 Caldwell Companies is currently preselling Creekstone Office Condos office spaces starting in the $300,000s. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Caldwell Companies opening new condo offices near Towne Lake this summer," 25 Feb. 2020 In addition to the developer’s unsold inventory, roughly 20 resale units are also on the market. Miami developers typically aim to presell 85-90% of their units before closings begin, said Peter Zalewski of Condo Vultures. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "It took seven years and nearly $300 million to build the late architect’s futuristic tower. Now, the developer is trying to sell the building’s remaining units amid a softening condo market and oversupply of luxury product," 16 Jan. 2020 First America Homes, the home building division of the Signorelli Company, has expanded its affordable new home program and is currently preselling in Towne Park, a new home community in Northeast Houston. Houston Chronicle, "First America Homes now preselling in Towne Park," 14 Sep. 2019 The Better Place team is this month opening a forest in Point Arena, a bit south of Mendocino; preselling trees at a second California location, in Santa Cruz; and developing four more spots around the country. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?," 12 June 2019 Before Amazon’s largess, Mr. Allen, like most indie filmmakers, financed his movies by preselling distribution rights. Melena Ryzik And Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Can Woody Allen Work in Hollywood Again?," 28 Jan. 2018 This month, Bob Dylan also used the site to presell concert tickets. Associated Press, WIRED, "Holdout Bands Give In to iTunes," 20 Aug. 2006

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First Known Use of presell

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Presell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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