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prepend Line breaks: pre|pend
Pronunciation: /priːˈpɛnd/

Definition of prepend in English:


[with object]
1Add (something) to the beginning of something else: you forgot to prepend ‘I personally believe’ to the statements you are making
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  • For shopping sites I use a standard 'stem' containing a mix of alphanumerics and prepend a couple of letters to the front to represent the last item I bought, then change it every time I buy something new.
  • Why do people without a credible argument so often think that prepending words with the "neo" prefix will somehow make their claims and slogans right regardless?
  • There's a simple productive rule for forming the antonym of any noun: Just prepend "anti".
1.1 Computing Attach (a piece of data) to the beginning of another: in this case, you must prepend the server name to the database name, separated by a period
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  • The hash (#) character is used to declare a temporary table as it is prepended to the table name.
  • Notice that before you pass the script name you have to prepend an ampersand '&' symbol and enclose the entire script path in double quotes.
  • It'll also prepend the date to the file name so everything is sorted in the order it was archived.


Late 19th century: blend of prefix + append.

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