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Definitions for before
bɪˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊrbe·fore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earlier, before(adverb)

    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, 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"

Wiktionary

  1. before(Adverb)

    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. before(Adverb)

    in advance

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

  3. before(Conjunction)

    in advance of the time when

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

  4. before(Conjunction)

    rather or sooner than

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

  5. before(Preposition)

    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. before(Preposition)

    In front of in space.

    He stood before me.

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

  7. before(Preposition)

    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. before(Preposition)

    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. before(Preposition)

    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. before(Preposition)

    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. Before(adverb)

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

  9. Before(adverb)

    in advance

  10. Before(adverb)

    in time past; previously; already

  11. Before(adverb)

    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

How to pronounce before?

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    Karen
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    Australian
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How to say before in sign language?

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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. Ben Cardin:

    I think it is somewhat presumptuous to take it to the UN for a vote before the Congressional review is over, that's why I think it would be better for them not to do it that way.

  2. Alan Cooper:

    Apparently, Neanderthals possessed a good knowledge of medicinal plants and their various anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties..., the use of antibiotics would be very surprising, as this is more than 40,000 years before we developed penicillin.

  3. Robert Ismerim de Souza:

    It was always a crime. We just did not have that kind of visibility; we were hidden, its not that I dont feel scared anymore, but now I know that the state is on our side. We can live; before we were only surviving.

  4. Calvin Coolidge:

    Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you.

  5. Majed Ali:

    We were living on tree leaves, on plants, but now we are struggling in a snow storm and there are no more plants or leaves, i was 114 kilos before the siege. Now I am 80.

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