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).
- Also prae- .
Other definitions for P.R.E. (2 of 2)
Petroleum Refining Engineer.
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How to use pre- in a sentence
He has picked pre-primary brawls with Christie, Perry, and Marco Rubio.
At that time, pre -9/11, the links were more subtle and had to be hunted down.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism | Louise I. Shelley | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While in pre-trial detention, Krivov undertook two hunger strikes.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At his year-end, pre-Hawaii press conference, we caught a rare glimpse of peak Obama.The Liberation of the Lame Duck: Obama Goes Full Bulworth | John Avlon | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, the military commission proceedings are bogged down in a pre-trial phase, as it has been for the past three years.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start | Tim Mak | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Spaniards, indeed, feigned to regard them only as a remnant of the rebels who had joined the pre-existing brigand bands.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Doubtless the commentator habit is fixed in the nature of man; but it was pre-eminently mediaeval.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) | Henry Osborn Taylor
From pre-natal days I was destined for the railway service, as an oyster to its shell.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Dr. Wilson says, in the statistical accounts of Scotland, many of which are suggestive of a pre-Raleigh period.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Offered to Him that liveth for ever and ever, it celebrates his eternal pre-existence and existence to eternal ages.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for pre-
before in time, rank, order, position, etc: predate; pre-eminent; premeditation; prefrontal; preschool
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