Pre definition

prē, pri
Before the usual or expected time for doing so.

Preapprove, preprogrammed.

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Preliminary to, in preparation for.

Preschool.

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Before in time, earlier (than), prior (to)

Presuppose, prewar.

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Before in rank, superior (to), surpassing.

Preeminent.

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Before in place, in front (of), anterior (to)

Preaxial.

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Before (something significant).
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Pre is defined as something that happens before the next word.

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.

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(slang) Precum, Cowper's fluid, pre-ejaculate.
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(slang) To precum, to pre-ejaculate.
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Anterior; in front of.

Preaxial.

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Earlier; before; prior to.

Prehistoric.

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Preparatory; preliminary.

Premedical.

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In advance.

Prepay.

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Origin of pre

  • ME < OFr & L: L prae- < prae, before, in front of < IE *prai, var. of base *per, beyond > fore, first

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin prae- from prae before, in front per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin prae (“in front of"), see pre-

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary