Definition of prepend in English:

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Pronunciation: /priːˈpɛnd/


[with object]
1Add (something) to the beginning of something else: you forgot to prepend ‘I personally believe’ to the statements you are making
More example sentences
  • We told her that she always has to prepend the area code even if its a local call.
  • There's a simple productive rule for forming the antonym of any noun: Just prepend "anti".
  • 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?
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
More example sentences
  • If you'd like to temporarily "disable" a user from logging in to the system without deleting his or her account, simply prepend an asterisk to the password field in / etc / passwd.
  • The number prepended to the user name, 1 in this case, tells the server what VNC session number is mapped to each user.
  • 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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