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pre·​set ˈprē-ˌset How to pronounce preset (audio)
preset; presetting

transitive verb

: to set in advance


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: something (such as a radio station) preprogrammed into a device

Examples of preset in a Sentence

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The pre-programmed buttons are enhanced by advanced sensor technology to thoroughly cook your food, and the Express Cook button can be preset from one to six minutes, giving you more control over the cooking process. Donna Kim, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 This recipe involves a classic method of toasting the meringue at the end of assembling the banana pudding, so be sure to preset your oven to 375 degrees F to begin. Rebecca Lang, Southern Living, 20 Oct. 2023 The schedule is preset before teams select their spots in that schedule. Lia Assimakopoulos, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 This deep fryer has preset settings for both fresh and frozen food. Melanie Rud, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2023 This is with the game resolution set to 4K and using the Ultra-High RT graphics preset. Michael Justin Allen Sexton, PCMAG, 25 Aug. 2023 Less expensive aids are preset with limited options—a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn't really fit all. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 15 Aug. 2023 Ingle’s booths and banquettes are the color of toffee, its granite tables preset with crystal wine glasses. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 On the outside, there’s a digital LCD timer that can be preset or manually set with the turn of a dial. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Apr. 2023
Unlike the Instant Pot, the Dream Cooker doesn’t rely on a ton of presets. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 5 Jan. 2024 Plus, each one comes with three presets, for those who don’t want to fiddle and just want to rock. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 18 Dec. 2023 There are two programmable height presets in addition to a lock button for the touchpad. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 It’s got handy presets and an easy-to-use interface, reminders for preheating and flipping, and a detachable basket that’s a breeze to clean. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 27 Nov. 2023 The compact appliance comes with a timer, a defrost option, and six presets for cooking specific foods. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 12 Dec. 2023 It’s got three presets for crushing ice, making a smoothie, or blending frozen drinks, along with five different manual speed options—all controlled by one dial. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 27 Nov. 2023 The corresponding app includes recipe presets and clear instructions. Nick Guy,, 1 Nov. 2023 To expand on that, the synthetic scores and frame rates both dropped significantly from the Z1 Extreme model—Assassin's Creed Valhalla couldn’t reach 30 frames per second (fps) even on the Medium preset. PCMAG, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1929, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preset was in 1929

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“Preset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


preset; presetting
: to set ahead of time
preset the oven to 350 degrees
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