earlier in time; previously
"I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; "her parents had died four years earlier"; "I mentioned that problem earlier"
ahead, in front, before(adverb)
at or in the front
"I see the lights of a town ahead"; "the road ahead is foggy"; "staring straight ahead"; "we couldn't see over the heads of the people in front"; "with the cross of Jesus marching on before"
at an earlier time
I've never done this before.
in advance of the time when
rather or sooner than
Earlier than (in time).
I want this done before Monday.
In front of in space.
He stood before me.
Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).
The case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule.
In store for, in the future of (someone).
The period before us looks grim because of the economical crisis.
In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.
In alphabetical order, "cat" comes before "dog", "canine" before feline".
At a higher or greater position in a subjective ranking.
An entrepreneur puts market share and profit before quality, an amateur intrinsic qualities before economical considerations.
Origin: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)
in front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house
preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that
an advance of; farther onward, in place or time
prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than
in presence or sight of; face to face with; facing
under the cognizance or jurisdiction of
open for; free of access to; in the power of
on the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to in the rear
in time past; previously; already
earlier; sooner than; until then
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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
be-fōr′, prep. in front of (time or place): in presence or sight of (Before God): under the cognisance of, as in before the court, the magistrate, or the house: previous to: in preference to: superior to.—adv. in front: sooner than hitherto.—conj. previous to the time when (often with that).—advs. Before′hand, before the time: by way of preparation; Before′time, in former time.—To be beforehand with, to forestall in any action. [A.S. beforan. See Fore.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'before' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #180
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'before' in Written Corpus Frequency: #312
Rank popularity for the word 'before' in Adverbs Frequency: #82
The numerical value of before in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of before in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I wanted to make sure I didn't put the bonds before payroll, before schools, before anyone else.
In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.
Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life.
Putin has already got all the political benefits, it is better to withdraw before costs increase, before any accident can happen, and before the risks become too high.
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Translations for before
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- قبل, أمامArabic
- преди да, пред, предварително, предиBulgarian
- rak, ragBreton
- davant, abansCatalan, Valencian
- forud, før, inden, tidligere, foran, hellereDanish
- vor, eher, zuvor, bevor, vorn, im Voraus, vorneGerman
- μπροστά σε, πριν, μπροστά απόGreek
- antaŭe, antaŭEsperanto
- ante, antes que, antes de, antesSpanish
- پیش از, قبلPersian
- aikaisemmin, edessä, ennen, aiemminFinnish
- áður, fyrrFaroese
- avant, avant que, devantFrench
- foarWestern Frisian
- roimheScottish Gaelic
- पहले, से पहलेHindi
- առջև, առաջ, առջևումArmenian
- áður, fyrrIcelandic
- innanzi, prima, davantiItalian
- پێش, لهمهوپێش, berîKurdish
- ante, prae, prōLatin
- quddiem, qabelMaltese
- vóór, eerder dan, alvorens, op voorhand, vroeger, vooraf, voordat, voordien, voorheen, vooraleer, eerderDutch
- framanfor, føreNorwegian Nynorsk
- na frente de, [[antes]] [[de]], primeiro, diante de, em frente a, ante, antesPortuguese
- înainte, dinainteRomanian
- до, раньше, заранее, прежде, передRussian
- pred, prijeSerbo-Croatian
- hellre, framför, innan, före, förr, förut, förrän, inför, tidigareSwedish
- ముందు, ఎదర, ముందుగాలTelugu
- trước đây, đằng trước, trướcVietnamese
- divant, divant kiWalloon
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