verb (used with object)

to select in advance; choose beforehand.

Origin of preselect

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + select
Related formspre·se·lec·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for preselect

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper