verb (used with object)

to screen in advance; select before a more detailed selecting process.

Origin of prescreen

First recorded in 1965–70; pre- + screen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for prescreen

also pre-screen, 1952, of movies, from pre- + screen (v.). Related: Prescreened; prescreening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper