pre·​num·​ber ˌprē-ˈnəm-bər How to pronounce prenumber (audio)
variants or pre-number
prenumbered or pre-numbered; prenumbering or pre-numbering

transitive verb

: to number (something) in advance : to assign identifying numbers to (something) ahead of time
prenumber the tickets
prenumbered adjective
or pre-numbered
Have employees fill out pre-numbered purchase orders for every order placed. Elizabeth Garcia

Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prenumber was in 1898

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Cite this Entry

“Prenumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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