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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ere  \Ere\,  v.  t. 
  To  plow.  [Obs.]  See  {Ear},  v.  t.  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ere  \Ere\  (?;  277),  prep.  &  adv  [AS.  ?r,  prep.,  adv.,  &  conj.; 
  akin  to  OS.,  OFries.,  &  OHG.  ?r,  G.  eher,  D.  eer,  Icel. 
  [=a]r,  Goth.  air.  [root]204.  Cf  {Early},  {Erst},  {Or},  adv.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  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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