pre·​tape ˌprē-ˈtāp How to pronounce pretape (audio)
variants or pre-tape
pretaped or pre-taped; pretaping or pre-taping

transitive verb

: to record on tape in advance
pretape an interview
a pretaped program/segment

Examples of pretape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per an email sent out by the WGA, nominees are asked to pretape their acceptance speeches or arrange for a non–WGA member to accept the award on their behalf. Vulture, 28 May 2023 Only the famous chandelier still thrills: Its ominous ascent during the organ overture (also likely pretaped) remains a true coup de théâtre. Vulture, 28 Mar. 2023 The words were his, and the voice was his, but rather than Emanuel speaking into a microphone (opening remarks on earnings calls are often pretaped), the comments were the product of a generative artificial intelligence firm called Speechify. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2023 If the Academy Awards were pretaped, the public would never have seen Will Smith slap Chris Rock last year. David Sims, The Atlantic, 6 Mar. 2023 The Academy’s choice to pretape eight categories sparked controversy but may prove popular among younger viewers, with 66 percent reporting that the top awards — best actor, actress, director and picture — are a major reason to tune in. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pretape was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Pretape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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