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pre-

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • prae- (archaic, technical, or pedantic)
  • præ- (archaic, technical, or pedantic)

EtymologyEdit

From the Latin preposition prae (before).

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)

PrefixEdit

pre-

  1. Before; used to form words meaning "in front of (in space)".
  2. Before; used to form words meaning "before (in time)".

Usage notesEdit

  • This prefix is usually prefixed to words without using a hyphen (for example, prefix, predate). A hyphen is used in the following cases:
    • Where excluding a hyphen would be likely to lead to a mispronunciation of the word because "pre" appears not to be a complete syllable (for example, "pre-yaw course", which could be read as "prey aw course" if unhyphenated).
    • Always in British English before the letter e (for example, pre-existing)
    • Often in British English before other vowels (for example, pre-operative);
    • Always in all varieties of English before a character other than a letter (for example, pre-1960).

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin prae (before).

PrefixEdit

pre-

  1. Before; used to form words meaning "in front of" or "before".
  2. Before; used to form words meaning superiority or excellence.

Derived termsEdit


ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin prae (before).

PrefixEdit

pre-

  1. pre-

Derived termsEdit


RomanianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin per, with a few cases influenced by prae.

PrefixEdit

pre-

  1. used with verbs to indicate repetition or insistence

Examples: presăra, prelinge. Compare also prevedea, priveghea

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from French pre-, Latin prae.

  1. pre-

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *per-.

PrefixEdit

pre-

  1. Prefix prepended to adjectives and adverbs to denote an excessiveness of a feature.

SpanishEdit

PrefixEdit

pre-

  1. pre-

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