Hypertext Webster Gateway: "pre"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pre- \Pre-\ [L. prae, adv. & prep., before, akin to pro, and to
E. for, prep.: cf. F. pr['e]-. See {Pro-}, and cf. {Prior}.]
A prefix denoting priority (of time, place, or rank); as,
precede, to go before; precursor, a forerunner; prefix, to
fix or place before; pre["e]minent eminent before or above
others. Pre- is sometimes used intensively, as in prepotent,
very potent. [Written also {pr[ae]-}.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (prefix) coming before or being preliminary or preparatory;
"`pre' is a prefix in `prehistoric' and `premedical'
and `prepaid'"

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