One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bring (something) forward to an earlier date or time.‘the publication date has been preponed from July to June’
- ‘The attempt to prepone the Fashion Week and organise a market week, is an effort to systemise India's fashion industry.’
- ‘The House may recall that, in 1998, I had announced that zero duty regime on IT products would be preponed and implemented by 2003.’
- ‘Hinglish may be catching, but it could be a while before a British man says to his wife in the morning: ‘Darling, can you prepone (bring forward) my meeting with the bank manager or ask my secretary to do the needful?’’
- ‘Improvised from ‘postpone,’ it means to warn of a foreseeable problem, as in, ‘I am out of my station and, as such, I will prepone the updations until today night,’ as one of his students wrote in an e-mail.’
- ‘The most recent anti-social activities are probably intended to pressurise the Government into preponing the date of their release.’
Early 20th century: blend of pre- and postpone.
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