pre-

prefix

Definition of pre-

1 a (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
  • preadmission
  • preadult
  • preagricultural
  • preanesthetic
  • preannounce
  • preapprove
  • prearrange
  • prearrangement
  • preassembled
  • preassign
  • prebake
  • prebattle
  • prebiblical
  • prebook
  • prebreakfast
  • precapitalist
  • prechill
  • pre–Christmas
  • preclearance
  • precode
  • precoital
  • precollege
  • precollegiate
  • precolonial
  • precombustion
  • precommitment
  • precompute
  • precomputer
  • preconcert
  • preconciliar
  • preconquest
  • preconsonantal
  • preconstructed
  • preconvention
  • preconviction
  • precool
  • precopulatory
  • precrash
  • precrease
  • precrisis
  • precut
  • predawn
  • predefine
  • predelivery
  • predeparture
  • predesignate
  • predevaluation
  • predevelopment
  • predinner
  • predischarge
  • prediscovery
  • predive
  • predraft
  • predrill
  • predynastic
  • preelection
  • preelectric
  • preelectronic
  • preembargo
  • preemployment
  • preenrollment
  • preerect
  • preestablish
  • preethical
  • preexperiment
  • prefade
  • prefascist
  • prefeminist
  • prefeudal
  • prefight
  • prefile
  • prefilled
  • prefinance
  • prefire
  • preflame
  • preformat
  • preformulate
  • prefreshman
  • prefrozen
  • pregenital
  • preharvest
  • preheadache
  • prehiring
  • preholiday
  • preinaugural
  • preincorporation
  • preinduction
  • preindustrial
  • preinterview
  • preinvasion
  • prekindergarten
  • prelaunch
  • prelife
  • preliterary
  • prelogical
  • prelunch
  • preluncheon
  • premade
  • premanufacture
  • premarital
  • premaritally
  • premarketing
  • premarriage
  • premeal
  • premeasure
  • premedieval
  • premeet
  • premeiotic
  • premenopausal
  • premerger
  • premigration
  • premodern
  • premodification
  • premodify
  • premoisten
  • premold
  • premolt
  • premoral
  • premycotic
  • prenoon
  • prenotification
  • prenotify
  • prenumber
  • preopening
  • preoperational
  • preorder
  • prepaste
  • preperformance
  • prepill
  • preplan
  • preportion
  • preprepared
  • prepresidential
  • prepress
  • preprice
  • preprimary
  • preproduction
  • preprogram
  • prepsychedelic
  • prepublication
  • prepunch
  • prepupal
  • prepurchase
  • prequalification
  • prequalify
  • prerace
  • prerecession
  • prerecorded
  • prerehearsal
  • prerelease
  • prerequire
  • preretirement
  • prereturn
  • prereview
  • prerevisionist
  • prerevolution
  • prerevolutionary
  • prerinse
  • preriot
  • prerock
  • preromantic
  • presale
  • preschedule
  • prescreen
  • preseason
  • presentence
  • presentencing
  • preservice
  • presettlement
  • preshow
  • preslaughter
  • presleep
  • preslice
  • presong
  • prespecify
  • presplit
  • prestamp
  • presterilize
  • prestorage
  • prestrike
  • prestructure
  • presummit
  • presurgery
  • presweeten
  • presymptomatic
  • pretape
  • pretax
  • pretechnological
  • pretelevision
  • pretermination
  • pretheater
  • pretournament
  • pretrain
  • pretravel
  • pretreat
  • pretreatment
  • pretrial
  • pretrimmed
  • pretype
  • preunification
  • preuniversity
  • previable
  • prewar
  • prewarn
  • prewash
  • preweaning
  • prework
  • prewrap

Origin and Etymology of pre-

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


PRE- Defined for English Language Learners

pre-

prefix

Definition of pre- for English Language Learners

  • : earlier than : before

  • : in advance


PRE- Defined for Kids

pre-

prefix

Definition of pre- for Students

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

Law Dictionary

pre-

prefix

legal Definition of pre-

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

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