American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Prior to; earlier: antenatal.
- In front of; before: anteroom.
- non-productive Prior to in time.
- non-productive In front of in space.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A Latin preposition and prefix; akin to Gr. 'anti`, Skr.
anti, Goth. and-, anda-(only in comp.), AS. and-, ond-, (only in comp.: cf. answer, along), G. ant-, ent-(in comp.). The Latin anteis generally used in the sense of before, in regard to position, order, or time, and the Gr. 'anti` in that of opposite, or in the place of.
- Latin ante ("preposition and prefix"); akin to Greek ἀντί (anti), Sanskrit अन्ति (anti), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌳- (and-), 𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌰- (anda-) (only in compounds), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌳- (and-), 𐍉𐌽𐌳- (ond-), (only in compounds): compare answer, along, German ant-, ent- (in compounds). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Formed in 1848, the Community of St John the Divine was based in one of the poorest areas of post-war London, delivering ante- and post-natal care to women living in squalor.”
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