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Origin of prerecorded

First recorded in 1955–60; prerecord + -ed2


verb (used with object)
  1. to record beforehand or in advance.
  2. to record (a radio show, television program, etc.) prior to an actual broadcast or showing.
  3. 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. 2018

Related Words for prerecorded

broadcast, television, program, prerecorded, TV, canned, telegenic

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British Dictionary definitions for prerecorded


  1. having been recorded (on tape, video, etc) beforehanda pre-recorded message
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Word Origin and History for prerecorded



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

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