Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate. Origin of ante-
prefixal form of preposition and adv.
); akin to
Greek antí, Old English and-
against, toward, opposite. See
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British Dictionary definitions for ante- before in time or position; previous to; in front of antedate; antechamber
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Word Origin and History for ante-
word-forming element meaning "before, in front of; previous, existing beforehand; introductory to," from Latin
ante (prep. and adv.) "before, in front of, opposite," used in combinations, from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (see ante).
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ante- Prior to; earlier: antenatal. In front of; before: antebrachium.
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