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prework

noun pre·work \ ˈprē-ˌwərk \
variants: or pre-work

Definition of prework

: 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

First Known Use of prework

1930

in the meaning defined above

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prework

adjective pre·work \ ˌprē-ˈwərk , ˈprē-ˌwərk \
variants: or pre-work

Definition of prework

: done or occurring before work
  • in the prework hours
  • a prework ritual of having coffee and watching the news

First Known Use of prework

1926

in the meaning defined above

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