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a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.), “front,” “superior,” etc.:
forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman.
Origin of fore-
combining form representing Middle English, Old English for(e) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for fore-


before in time or rank: foresight, forefather, foreman
at or near the front; before in place: forehead, forecourt
Word Origin
Old English, from fore (adv)
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Word Origin and History for fore-

from fore (adv.), which was used as a prefix in Old English and other Germanic languages with a sense of "before in time, rank, position," etc., or designating the front part or earliest time.

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