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[pree-si-lekt] /ˌpri sɪˈlɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to select in advance; choose beforehand.
Origin of preselect
First recorded in 1860-65; pre- + select
Related forms
preselection, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In practice, all candidates are preselected, and the meetings simply confirm the Party choice.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • It was a shaken group of scientists that moved off in their jeeps to the preselected stations.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The so-called election of the Central Committee is, in fact, a ratification of preselected members.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Word Origin and History for preselected



also pre-select, 1856, from pre- + select (v.). Related: Preselected; preselecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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