- An example of the pre prefix is preschool or school you attend before you officially start school.
- An example of the pre prefix is preheat, or to heat an oven before you put something in to cook.
Pre is defined as something that happens before the next word.
- before in time, earlier (than), prior (to): presuppose, prewar
- before in place, in front (of), anterior (to): preaxial
- before in rank, superior (to), surpassing: preeminent
- preliminary to, in preparation for: preschool
- before the usual or expected time for doing so: preapprove, preprogrammed
Origin of pre-Middle English from Old French and L: Classical Latin prae- from prae, before, in front of from Indo-European an unverified form prai, variant, variety of base an unverified form per, beyond from source fore, first
- a. Earlier; before; prior to: prehistoric.b. Preparatory; preliminary: premedical.c. In advance: prepay.
- Anterior; in front of: preaxial.
Origin of pre-Middle English from Old French from Latin prae- from prae before, in front ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- Before (something significant).
From Latin prae (“in front of"), see pre-
(third-person singular simple present pres, present participle preing, simple past and past participle pred or preed)