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pre·​work ˈprē-ˌwərk How to pronounce prework (audio)
variants or pre-work
: work done as preparation for some other activity : preliminary work
assigned prework before the meeting
For a two-hour call, you might realistically expect about an hour of prework. For a longer meeting, you can probably ask people to invest more time in preparation.Nancy M. Settle-Murphy


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pre·​work ˌprē-ˈwərk How to pronounce prework (audio)
variants or pre-work
: done or occurring before work
in the prework hours
a prework ritual of having coffee and watching the news

Examples of prework in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Going out for my prework run has meant a lot of stumbling around and using my phone as a crummy flashlight. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 3 Nov. 2022 Without that prework, the results can be unfocused discussions that wander way off topic. Womensmedia, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Most days, her prework ritual consisted of waking up at 4:30 a.m. New York Times, 18 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


1930, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prework was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Prework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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