pre-


a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “before” (preclude; prevent); applied freely as a prefix, with the meanings “prior to,” “in advance of,” “early,” “beforehand,” “before,” “in front of,” and with other figurative meanings (preschool; prewar; prepay; preoral; prefrontal).

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Origin of pre-

<Latin prae-, prefixal use of prae (preposition and adv.); akin to first, fore-, prior1, pro1

Definition for pre- (2 of 2)

P.R.E.

Petroleum Refining Engineer.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-

pre-

prefix

before in time, rank, order, position, etcpredate; pre-eminent; premeditation; prefrontal; preschool

Word Origin for pre-

from Latin prae-, from prae before, beforehand, in front
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Medical definitions for pre-

pre-

pref.

Earlier; before; prior to:prenatal.
Anterior; in front of:preaxial.
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