- 1to set the controls of a piece of electrical equipment so that it will start to work at a particular time preset something to do something You can preset the radiators to come on when you need them to. preset something to preset TV channels/radio stations (= to set the controls so that particular channels are selected when you press particular buttons)
- 2[usually passive] preset something to decide something in advance They kept to the preset route.
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈset//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈset//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preset
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈset//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈset//he / she / it presets
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈsets//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈsets//past simple preset
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈset//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈset//past participle preset
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈset//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈset//-ing form presetting
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈsetɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈsetɪŋ//