from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Prior to; earlier: antenatal.
  • In front of; before: anteroom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Prior to in time.
  • In front of in space.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 ante is 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, from ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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