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1. Before; earlier: foredoom.
2. In front of; front: foredeck.
1. before in time or rank: foresight; forefather; foreman.
2. at or near the front; before in place: forehead; forecourt.
[Old English, from fore (adv)]
1. situated in front of something else.
2. first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
a. of or pertaining to a foremast.
b. being a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
c. situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
4. at or toward the bow of a vessel.
6. Obs. before.n.
7. the forepart of anything; front.
8. the fore, the foremast.prep., conj.
9. Also, 'fore.Informal. before.Idioms:
1. fore and aft, in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
2. to the fore, into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
(used as a cry of warning on a golf course to persons who are in danger of being struck by a ball in flight.)
[1875–80; probably aph. variant of before]
a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.) ( forecast; foretaste; forewarn), “front” (forehead; forefront), “preceding” ( forefather), “superior” (foreman).
[comb. form representing Middle English, Old English fore in front, before, c. Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura]