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.

  2. beforeadverb

    in advance

  3. beforeconjunction

    in advance of the time when

  4. beforeconjunction

    rather or sooner than

  5. beforepreposition

    Earlier than (in time).

    I want this done before Monday.

  6. beforepreposition

    In front of in space.

    He stood before me.

  7. beforepreposition

    Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).

    The case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule.

  8. beforepreposition

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

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

  9. beforepreposition

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

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

  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.

  11. 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. Los Angeles:

    Iowa and Los Angeles have a ton in common, not just because we have the U.S.S. Iowa battleship in our port, we have the same struggles. We have the same hopes right now, and we have the same challenges before us.

  2. Amir Korangy:

    She's not some opportunistic woman who came into Bob's life for monetary gain. She was very successful, a millionaire several times over long before she met Bob.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    When we lift the caps, then we can talk about lifting the debt ceiling. But that would have to come second or simultaneous. But not before lifting the caps.

  4. Rebecca Katz:

    There was no one who believed Bill de Blasio was going to win( in 2013), everyone thought he was crazy. He was in single digits right up until a few months before Election Day and he proved them wrong and then he went ahead and prove the pundits wrong when they said he couldn't get universal Pre-K done, and then did in his first year.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    But I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences. Each president learns from those who came before -- their principles... their adjustments. One thing we know is this: Every president inherits a changing world... and changing circumstances.

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