verb (used with object)

to record beforehand or in advance.
to record (a radio show, television program, etc.) prior to an actual broadcast or showing.
Movies. to record (music, sound effects, etc.) before filming begins, as to facilitate synchronization.

Origin of prerecord

First recorded in 1935–40; pre- + record Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for pre-record

1937, from pre- + record (v.). Related: Pre-recorded; pre-recording.



also pre-record, 1936, of music, from pre- + record (v.). Related: Prerecorded; prerecording.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper