What does Before mean?

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bɪˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊrBe·fore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earlier, beforeadverb

    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"

  2. ahead, in front, beforeadverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. beforeadverb

    at an earlier time

    I've never done this before.

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  2. beforeadverb

    in advance

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  3. beforeconjunction

    in advance of the time when

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  4. beforeconjunction

    rather or sooner than

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  5. beforepreposition

    Earlier than (in time).

    I want this done before Monday.

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  6. beforepreposition

    In front of in space.

    He stood before me.

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  7. beforepreposition

    Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).

    The case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule.

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  8. beforepreposition

    In store for, in the future of (someone).

    The period before us looks grim because of the economical crisis.

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  9. beforepreposition

    In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.

    In alphabetical order, "cat" comes before "dog", "canine" before feline".

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

  10. beforepreposition

    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.

    Etymology: From (adverb and preposition), from beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Before

    in front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house

  2. Before

    preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that

  3. Before

    an advance of; farther onward, in place or time

  4. Before

    prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than

  5. Before

    in presence or sight of; face to face with; facing

  6. Before

    under the cognizance or jurisdiction of

  7. Before

    open for; free of access to; in the power of

  8. Beforeadverb

    on the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to in the rear

  9. Beforeadverb

    in advance

  10. Beforeadverb

    in time past; previously; already

  11. Beforeadverb

    earlier; sooner than; until then

Freebase

  1. Before

    "Before" is a single by UK electronic music group Pet Shop Boys released as the first single from the group's 1996 album Bilingual. The single, upon its release, peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, it reached #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play and reached #7 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, equalling #107 on the main U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Before

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Before' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #180

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Before' in Written Corpus Frequency: #312

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Before' in Adverbs Frequency: #82

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Before in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Before in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Before in a Sentence

  1. Nampie Motloung:

    I have no choice but to sell some of my cows. I must do it before they die, it pains me to do so. My cattle are my family's inheritance.

  2. Anthony Scaramucci:

    This is the problem with the leaking, this is actually a terrible thing. Let’s say I’m firing Michael Short today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic.

  3. Joe Jackson:

    He says,' Call my father.' This was before he passed. ' He would know how to get me out of this,' but they didn't get in touch with me. They said they couldn't find me, but I was right there.

  4. Stephen William Hawking:

    A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said 'What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.' The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, 'What is the turtle standing on' 'You're very clever, young man, very clever,' said the little old lady. 'But it's turtles all the way down.'

  5. Ovid, Metamorphoses:

    Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary, and adopt a new form. The phrase "being born" is used for beginning to be something different from what one was before, while "dying" means ceasing to be the same. Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this, yet the sums of things remains unchanged.

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