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noun [countable] forerunner pronunciation in British English /ˈfɔːˌrʌnə(r)/
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singularforerunner
pluralforerunners
  1. 1
    an institution, custom, or thing that existed before a newer but similar thing
    Mansholt served as Agricultural Commissioner of the EEC, forerunner of the European Union.
  2. 2
    an animal or plant that existed before an animal or plant that it is related to
    Tree shrews are believed to be forerunners of monkeys.

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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