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 History of this Word

"ante" ("before") spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"ante-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "before" or "preceding" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

ante- illustration The Arizona Territorial Normal School - the antecedent of Arizona State University - opened in 1885.
ante- illustration In the southern end of the antechamber there lay a pile of dismantled chariots of the king.