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Definition of ERE

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Ere \Ere\, v. t.
     To plow. [Obs.] See {Ear}, v. t. --Chaucer.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Ere \Ere\ ([=a]r or [^a]r; 277), prep. & adv. [AS. [=ae]r, prep., adv., & conj.; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. [=e]r, G. eher, D. eer, Icel. [=a]r, Goth. air. [root]204. Cf. {Early}, {Erst}, {Or}, adv.]
     1. Before; sooner than. [Archaic or Poetic]
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              Myself was stirring ere the break of day. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Ere sails were spread new oceans to explore.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Sir, come down ere my child die.      --John iv. 49. [1913 Webster]

     2. Rather than.
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              I will be thrown into Etna, . . . ere I will leave her.                                  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {Ere long}, before, shortly. --Shak.

     {Ere now}, formerly, heretofore. --Shak.

     {Ere that}, & {Or are}. Same as {Ere}. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "ere":
     already, ante, before, before all, earlier, early, ere then, erenow, formerly, heretofore, hitherto, in advance of, or ever, preceding, previously, prior to, priorly, theretofore, to, yet


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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