verb (used with object), pre·sold, pre·sell·ing.
  1. to sell in advance, as before manufacture or construction: to presell a planned house.

Origin of presell

First recorded in 1945–50; pre- + sell1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pre-selling


verb -sells, -selling or -sold (tr)
  1. to promote (a product, entertainment, etc) with publicity in advance of its appearance
  2. to prepare (the public) for a product, entertainment, etc, with advance publicity
  3. to agree a sale of (a product) before it is available
  4. to sell (a book) before its publication date
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