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 for ere
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ere \Ere\, v. t.
     To plow. [Obs.] See Ear, v. t. --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ere \Ere\ ([=a]r or [^a]r; 277), prep. & adv. [AS. [=ae]r,
     prep., adv., & conj.; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. [=e]r, G.
     eher, D. eer, Icel. [=a]r, Goth. air. [root]204. Cf. Early,
     Erst, Or, adv.]
     1. Before; sooner than. [Archaic or Poetic]
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              Myself was stirring ere the break of day. --Shak.
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              Ere sails were spread new oceans to explore.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              Sir, come down ere my child die.      --John iv. 49.
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     2. Rather than.
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              I will be thrown into Etna, . . . ere I will leave
              her.                                  --Shak.
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     Ere long, before, shortly. --Shak.
  
     Ere now, formerly, heretofore. --Shak.
  
     Ere that, & Or are. Same as Ere. --Shak.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  20 Moby Thesaurus words for "ere":
     already, ante, before, before all, earlier, early, ere then,
     erenow, formerly, heretofore, hitherto, in advance of, or ever,
     preceding, previously, prior to, priorly, theretofore, to, yet
  
  

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