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Definition of "pre-" [pre-]

  • Earlier; before; prior to: prehistoric. (prefix)
  • Preparatory; preliminary: premedical. (prefix)
  • In advance: prepay. (prefix)
  • Anterior; in front of: preaxial. (prefix)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pre-" in a sentence
  • "The government is modeling the mining rules on the requirements imposed on the oil industry for the so-called pre- salt exploration, the official said."
  • "Over the past decade, federal homeland-security spending above pre-Sept. 11 levels sums to $360 billion."
  • "My work at the Cabrini Medical Center and Hospice pre-Sept. 11 has helped me immeasurably during these past years at the American Red Cross supporting those profoundly impacted by mass fatality disasters."