Visit the forum if you have a language query!

pre-

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
Once you have learned to love, You will have learned to live.
Source Unknown
Jump to: navigation, search
See also pré

English

Alternative forms

  • præ- (archaic, technical, or pedantic)

Etymology

From French pré-, from Latin pre-, prae-, before

Pronunciation

Prefix

pre-

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

Usage notes

  • 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);
    • In some other words in British English (for example, pre-war);
    • Always in all varieties of English before a character other than a letter (for example, pre-1960).

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

  • Finnish: esi-
  • French: (before a word) pré-; (before a number) d'avant (to form adjectives, for example a pre-1960 car - une voiture d'avant 1960), avant (to form adverbs, for example to go back pre-1960 - retourner avant 1960)
  • Italian: pre-

Derived terms

See also


Catalan

Etymology

From Latin pre-, prae-, before

Prefix

pre-

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

Croatian

Prefix

pre-

  1. Prefix prepended to adjectives to create an adjective denoting an excessiveness of a feature.

Italian

Etymology

From Latin pre-, prae-, before

Prefix

pre-

  1. pre-#English

Derived terms


Latin

Etymology

Variant form of prae-, before

Prefix

pre-

  1. before, in time or space

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE