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I know "postpone" means delay an event. However, I can't find a single word that means the opposite i.e. make an event happen earlier than scheduled. Could anyone help? Thanks.

Ricky
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Ricky06I know "postpone" means delay an event. However, I can't find a single word that means the opposite i.e. make an event happen earlier than scheduled. Could anyone help? Thanks.

Ricky

"Prepone"
Hi,

I'd say 'advance'.

Clive
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Thanks, Krish and Clive. However, I can't find the word "prepone" from both Cambridge Advanced and American Heritage Dictionary. Also, is it OK to say "I want to advance the meeting to Feb 20"? Thanks.

Ricky
Ricky06Thanks, Krish and Clive. However, I can't find the word "prepone" from both Cambridge Advanced and American Heritage Dictionary. Also, is it OK to say "I want to advance the meeting to Feb 20"? Thanks.

Ricky

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I think "advance" is the word, as explained in Concise Oxford English Dictionary

It means "cause to occur at an earlier date than planned"

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I agree with Clive. It should be "advance".

Rishonly, "prepone" is Indlish - I used to use it a lot myself, but then I read an article in Readers' Digest which taught me that "prepone" is one of a few words that Indians have created for their own convenience. Emotion: smile.

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- Joy

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Hi,

is it OK to say "I want to advance the meeting to Feb 20"? Yes, it's perfectly normal.

As regards 'prepone', I read this suggestion as a joke, as a humorous back-formation from 'postpone'. I wouldn't take it seriously. Anyone who said that would be greeted with raised eyebrows and incomprehension.

Best wishes, Clive
CliveAs regards 'prepone', I read this suggestion as a joke, as a humorous back-formation from 'postpone'. I wouldn't take it seriously. Anyone who said that would be greeted with raised eyebrows and incomprehension.
Believe it or not, Clive, "prepone" is regarded as a bonafide word in India! I'm supposed to be fairly good at English, and I had no idea that "prepone" was incorrect till I read that Readers' Digest article! Emotion: surprise

Regards,

- Joy

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