Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To view (a movie) before release for public showing.
  • transitive v. To examine or interview before further selection processes occur: prescreen applicants for interviews.

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  • v. To screen in advance for potential problems

Etymologies

pre- +‎ screen (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Does anyone "prescreen" people who are polled to determine if they even know enough to provide anything resembling an informed and intelligent opinion?

    Polls: Majority oppose heath care bill

  • A UPS was an unsanctioned prescreen, meaning the two Op-Center agents had a look around without the benefit of a search warrant.

    Call to Treason

  • "The buyer has the opportunity to prescreen all the homes online and see only the few that really shine online," Mr. Huskey says, so a seller should do everything he or she can to get on a buyer's shortlist of homes to physically visit.

    Housing Remains a Buyer's Market

  • In a statement, YouTube said the company doesn't permit graphic content or anything that encourages dangerous or harmful activities, but it said it can't possibly prescreen videos; 2 billion videos are viewed on the site each day; users upload 35 hours of video a minute.

    Teens share self-injury, 'cutting' videos on YouTube

  • WATCH a preview for Ennis' "The Arm," a short about love and texting, at prescreen.com.

    Jessie Ennis: The Sundance Diaries: SUNDANCE IS MY BOYFRIEND

  • A: Partly because Google doesn't prescreen apps the way Apple does, there's less certainty on Android.

    Mossberg's Mailbox

  • Many franchisers, he says, rely heavily on consultants to prescreen budding franchisees.

    Chain Links

  • But lately he has been meeting representatives of Microsoft, Google and Facebook to convince the companies to prescreen content originating in India which might insult or offend Indians.

    India's Authoritarian Lapse

  • A recorded voice on DC Raven says that the service does not prescreen callers.

    Phone-sex chat lines are part of web of cybersocializing

  • When you opt out, "credit-reporting [companies] are required to remove your name from the prescreen list," Mr. Ulzheimer says.

    Halt Return of Card Offers

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