ante-, ant-

(Latin: before, in front of, prior to, forward; used as a prefix)

Compare this element with anti-, meaning "against". Anti-, with the meaning of "before", is found in very few words, such as: "antipasto" (from Italian) and "anticipate" with its various forms, plus a few scientific terms.

A passage; such as, a note affixed to a letter which is written before or above; as opposed to postscript.
anticipant (adjective), more anticipant, most anticipant
1. Coming or acting in advance: "The clouds are anticipant of a storm."
2. Expectant; anticipating: "The team was anticipant of victory.
anticipatable (adjective), more anticipatable, most anticipatable
1. A reference to the expectation of an advanced thought, discussion or activity: The delay was not anticipatable at all because of the sudden weather changes.
2. Capable of looking forward to something before a due date: The lovely hike in the woods was certainly anticipatable and Jenny could hardly wait until going on it!
3. A descriptive term for foreseeing and dealing with in advance: The severe snow storm was anticipatable so Jack put his car into the garage before it started.
anticipate (verb), anticipates; anticipated; anticipating
1. To realize beforehand; to look forward to: "Anticipating that a shortage of wheat would cause a rise in price, the family bought extra amounts of flour."
2. To expect; to look forward to; to be sure of: "Sabina anticipated a favorable decision."
3. To perform an action before another person has had time to act.
4. To answer a question, to obey a command, or to satisfy a request before it is made: "Todd anticipated the orders issued by the court."
5. To nullify, to prevent, or to forestall by taking countermeasures in advance: "The citizens were anticipating a military attack."
6. To consider or mention before the proper time: "The speaker was anticipating more difficult questions."
7. To be before (another) in doing, thinking, achieving, etc.: "Many modern inventions were anticipated by Leonardo da Vinci."
8. To pay money before it is due.
9. To think, speak, act, or to feel an emotional response in advance.
anticipation (s) (noun), anticipations (pl)
1. An expectation.
2. Foreknowledge, intuition, and presentiment.
3. The use or assignment of money; especially, from a trust fund, before it is legitimately available for use.
5. Music Introduction on a weak beat of one note of a new chord before the previous chord is resolved.
anticipatory (adjective), more anticipatory, most anticipatory
1. Relating to something that has been experienced or done in the expectation of a future event.
2. A reference to forecasting;
Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
—Johann W. von Goethe

Related before-word units: antero-; anti-; pre-; pro-.