pre-, prae-

(Latin: before [both in time and place])

The prefix prae- can actually be substituted for pre- because both of them are different spellings for the same prefix meaning "before".

To divine beforehand, to presage, to prognosticate.
predominance (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. Greater or greatest importance, power, or influence: There is a predominance of English materials on the internet.
2. The state of being the most common or the greatest in number or amount: There was a predominance of chickens on the farmer's property in comparison to the number of cows that he has.

Max was told that there is a predominance of older people now than at any other time in history.

Superiority in power or influence.
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predominate (verb), predominates; predominated; predominating
1. To be the most common or greatest in number or amount.
2. To have superior, or greater importance, power, or influence than others.
3. To dominate or to control someone or something.
4. To be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance: Hispanics predominate in this Los Angeles neighborhood.
5. To appear very large or to occupy a commanding position: The huge tree predominates over the water fountain.
preempt, pre-empt (verb); preempts, pre-empts; preempted, pre-empted; preempting, pre-empting
1. To supersede or to take the place of someone or something: The current state law was preempted by a federal law.
2. To take some action that makes the plans of others become irrelevant or insignificant: The U.S. President's speech will be preempting, or replacing, the regular TV program while it is being delivered.
To take something away or to replace another person.
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preempted (adjective), more preempted, most preempted
Pertaining to someone, or something, that has been replaced for another person or action: "The preempted TV programs resulted from the repetitions of the 'breaking news' throughout the day."
preemption (s) (noun), preemptions (pl)
The replacement of one thing for something else: "Many radio listeners complained about the excessive preemptions that were taking place instead of the regular programs."
preexist (verb), preexists; preexisted; preexisting
To be present beforehand or to live prior to something else in a specific point of time: Dinosaurs inhabited the earth before mankind arrived, so they preexisted humans on earth.
preexistence (s) (noun), preexistences (pl)
1. The circumstance of being present before the current time: Many of the stories that can be read in Tom's book preexisted in the old notes and material by the author's great-grandfather.
2. The presence of a soul in an earlier manifestation: Lois always thought that there must have been some preexistence of her spirit, perhaps in another country!
prefabricate (pree FAB ri kayt") (verb), prefabricates; prefabricated; prefabricating
To manufacture sections of something; such as, furniture or a building that can be transported to a specific place and be easily assembled there: Sections of houses that are prefabricated by companies are known as “prefabs” and are put together on the properties which the owners have indicated.

Sam and his family were amazed at how quickly their new house was erected after it was delivered from the factory that had prefabricated it.

One company specialized in prefabricating separate pieces for tables and other furniture so the buyers could set them up at their homes quickly and without any problems.

preface (s) (noun), prefaces (pl)
1. An introductory section at the beginning of a book or speech that comments on aspects of the text: In the preface, the author generally tells why he wrote his book or what his intentions are.
2. To introduce an action, a speech, or a piece of writing.
preface (verb), prefaces; prefaced' prefacing
1. To introduce a piece of writing, a speech, a remark, etc. by saying something to another person or to people before the main presentation: Sandra prefaced her new publication with a short statement of what influenced her to write another book about good diets for better health.
2. Etymology: from Latin praefari, "to say before, to introduce"; from prae-, "before" + fari, "to say, to speak."
To say or to write something that introduces something to others.
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prefatory (adjective), more prefatory, most prefatory
1. Descriptive of an introduction to something; such as, the main body of a text or a speech: The chairman of the business meeting made some prefatory comments about what needs to be done to make more profits for the company in the near future.
2. Etymology: from Latin praefatus, from praefari "to say before"; from prae-, "before" + fari, "to speak" + -ory, "relating to, doing."
An introduction to a conference or a meeting.
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Related before-word units: ante-; antero-; anti-; pro-.

Related "time" units: aevum, evum; archaeo-, archeo-; Calendars; chrono-; horo-; Quotes: Time; tempo-.