Ere [AS. r, prep., adv., & conj.; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. r, G. eher, D. eer, Icel. ar, Goth. air. &root;204. Cf. Early, Erst, Or, adv.]


Before; sooner than.

[Archaic or Poetic]

Myself was stirring ere the break of day. Shak.

Ere sails were spread new oceans to explore. Dryden.

Sir, come down ere my child die. John iv. 49.


Rather than.

I will be thrown into Etna, . . . ere I will leave her. Shak.

Ere long, before, shortly. Shak. -- Ere now, formerly, heretofore. Shak. -- Ere that, ∧ Or are. Same as Ere. Shak.


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Ere (?), v. t.

To plow. [Obs.] See Ear, v. t.



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