Words That Start With Pre: Boost Your Vocabulary Easily

Discover a list of words starting with the prefix “pre” and learn their meanings and uses.

  1. Preach- To deliver a religious message or moral lesson publicly.
  2. Precaution- Action taken in advance to prevent harm or secure good results.
  3. Precedent- An earlier event or action regarded as an example or guide for future circumstances.
  4. Precept- A general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought.
  5. Precinct- A district of a city or town as defined for police or administrative purposes.
  6. Precious- Of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly.
  7. Precise- Marked by exact accuracy and attention to detail.
  8. Preclude- Prevent from happening; make impossible.
  9. Precook- Cook (food) beforehand so that it can be prepared quickly.
  10. Precursor- A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind; a forerunner.
  11. Predator- An animal that naturally preys on others.
  12. Predecessor- A person who held a job or office before the current holder.
  13. Prediction- A statement about what will happen in the future.
  14. Predispose- Make someone liable or inclined to a specific attitude, action, or condition.
  15. Predominant- Present as the strongest or main element.
  16. Preempt- Take action in order to prevent (an event) from happening.
  17. Preemptive- Serving to forestall something, especially to prevent an attack by striking first.
  18. Preen- (of a bird) clean and straighten its feathers with its beak; (of people) devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one’s appearance.
  19. Preface- An introduction to a book, typically stating its subject, scope, or aims.
  20. Prefer- Liken better one thing to another.
  21. Preference- A greater liking for one alternative over another or others.
  22. Prefix- A word, letter, or number placed before another.
  23. Pregnant- (of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus.
  24. Prejudice- Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
  25. Preliminary- Denoting an action or event preceding or done in preparation for something fuller or more important.
  26. Premature- Occurring or done before the usual or proper time; too early.
  27. Premise- A previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion.
  28. Premium- An amount to be paid for an insurance policy or something in addition to the usual cost.
  29. Preoccupy- Dominate or engross the mind of (someone) to the exclusion of other thoughts.
  30. Preparation- The action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration.
  31. Preparatory- Serving as a preparation; introductory.
  32. Preponderance- The quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance.
  33. Presage- (of an event) to be a sign or warning that (something, typically something bad) will happen.
  34. Preschool- An educational institution for children too young to attend school.
  35. Prescribe- Advise and authorize the use of (a medicine or treatment) for someone, especially in writing.
  36. Presence- The state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present.
  37. Present- The period of time now occurring; a gift.
  38. Preservation- The action of preserving something.
  39. Preside- Be in the position of authority in a meeting or other gathering.
  40. Press- Move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force.
  41. Pressure- The continuous physical force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it.
  42. Prestige- Widespread respect and admiration felt for someone or something based on a perception of their achievements or quality.
  43. Presume- Suppose that something is the case on the basis of probability.
  44. Presumptuous- (of a person or their behavior) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
  45. Pretend- Speak and act so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not.
  46. Pretense- An attempt to make something that is not the case appear true.
  47. Pretext- A reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason.
  48. Prevail- Prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious.
  49. Prevalent- Widespread in a particular area or at a particular time.
  50. Prevent- Keep (something) from happening or arising.
  51. Preview- An inspection or viewing of something before it is acquired or becomes generally known and available.
  52. Previous- Existing or occurring before in time or order.
  53. Prey- An animal that is hunted and killed by another for food.
  54. Prez- Slang for president.
  55. Precipitate- Cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely.
  56. Preclude- Prevent from happening; make impossible.
  57. Preamble- A preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction.
  58. Precipitous- Dangerously high or steep.
  59. Preferential- Of or involving preference or partiality; constituting a favor or privilege.
  60. Prefigure- Be an early indication or version of (something).
  61. Prehensile- (especially of an animal’s limb or tail) Capable of grasping.
  62. Prejudicial- Harmful to someone or something; detrimental.
  63. Prelate- A bishop or other high ecclesiastical dignitary.
  64. Preponderate- Predominate in influence, number, or importance.
  65. Prescient- Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place.
  66. Preservative- Something used to preserve, especially an additive that is added to food.
  67. Pressure- The use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.
  68. Prestigious- Inspiring respect and admiration; having high status.
  69. Presumption- An idea that is taken to be true on the basis of probability.
  70. Pretension- A claim or assertion of a claim to something.
  71. Prevaricate- Speak or act in an evasive way.
  72. Primordial- Existing at or from the beginning of time; primeval.
  73. Prerogative- A right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class.
  74. Presidium- A governing committee, especially a communist party committee.
  75. Preinstall- Install (software or hardware) in advance.
  76. Prestidigitation- Magic tricks performed as entertainment.
  77. Prequel- A story or movie that is set before the events of an existing work.
  78. Preordain- Decide or determine (an outcome or course of action) beforehand.
  79. Preponderantly- Mostly or mainly.
  80. Prescreen- Evaluate (potential candidates for a job, applicants for a position, etc.) before hiring.
  81. Preselect- Choose in advance.
  82. Pretrain- Train (someone) in advance.
  83. Preenact- Enact (a law or regulation) beforehand.
  84. Prerenal- Relating to or affecting the parts of the body before the kidneys.
  85. Predestine- Determine (an outcome or course of action) beforehand by divine will or fate.
  86. Preconscious- The thoughts and feelings not yet in conscious awareness.
  87. Preclearance- Prior approval or permission.
  88. Precognition- Foreknowledge of an event.
  89. Preamp- An electronic device that amplifies weak electrical signals.
  90. Preform- Shape or form (something) beforehand.
  91. Preshrink- Subject (fabric or clothing) to a process that minimizes shrinkage when washed.
  92. Presift- Sift in advance.
  93. Preapprove- Approve (something) in advance.
  94. Prefund- Provide funding for (a project or activity) prior to it being carried out.
  95. Preexist- Exist at an earlier time or before.
  96. Preinfuse- Infuse beforehand.
  97. Preliterate- Belonging to a time before a written language was in use.
  98. Premillennial- Occurring before the millennium.
  99. Preteen- A young person who is from 9 to 12 years old.
  100. Preventive- Designed to stop something undesirable from occurring.

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