(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".
2. To heat beforehand so the actual preparation won't take so long; such as, cooking rice in advance.
2. A person, animal, or thing that happens before and indicates the approach of someone or something else; a harbinger or foretelling: The budding of tree leaves is a precursor of spring and so is the sight of certain birds; such as, robins.
3. Someone or something that comes before, and is often considered to lead to the development of, another person or thing: Small tremors can be precursors to earthquakes.
Lightening is almost always the precursor to thunder.6. A person who held a position or a job before someone else: Being a skilled writer was Mark's precursor to being a full-time reporter for the local newspaper.
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2. Referring to an indication of something that is to come: The thunder and dark clouds were precursory warnings that heavy rain was on its way.
2. To come before someone or something else in time: "Mr. Jones predated Bruce's father by several years."
3. To establish something as being earlier relative to something else: "Adriana's research concluded that the development of the bicycle as a mode of transportation predated the development of the automobile by many years."
2. Something previously in use or existence that has been replaced or succeeded by something else.
2. In theology, anyone who believes God has determined all events in advance; especially, the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity including the final salvation of mankind.
2. To foreordain; to predetermine; to decide in advance.
3. In some religious beliefs, decided and decreed in advance by God, a deity, or fate.
2. In some religious beliefs, the doctrine that God, a deity, or fate has established in advance everything that is going to happen and that nothing can change this.
3. A previous determination as if by destiny or fate.
2. A purpose formed beforehand: Adam was told by the minister that there was a predetermination of God's will in people's lives.
Ben and Beatrice had to predetermine when and where they would be going on their summer vacation.2. To settle on something or to reach a decision before it is actually completed: Jane and Janet, the organizers of the beauty contest, were predetermining who the winner would be before the actual voting took place.