pre-

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Definition of pre-

1a(1) : earlier than : prior to : before Precambrian prehistoric
(2) : preparatory or prerequisite to premedical
b : in advance : beforehand precancel prepay
2 : in front of : anterior to preaxial premolar

History and Etymology for pre-

Latin prae-, from prae in front of, before — more at for

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“Pre-.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pre-. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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pre-

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English Language Learners Definition of pre-

: earlier than : before
: in advance

pre-

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Kids Definition of pre-

1 : earlier than : before prehistoric
2 : beforehand prepay
3 : in front of : front premolar

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Legal Definition of pre-

1a : earlier than : prior to : before premarital prejudgment
b : preparatory or prerequisite to prehearing
2 : in advance : beforehand prepay

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