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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

How to pronounce before?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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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. Dina Suleiman:

    His visit had a double effect: on the one hand it is showing a side of Saudi Arabia that has never before been seen in the West... on the other hand he is leveraging his age in a positive way.

  2. Don Blankenship:

    This time we won’t get surprised by the lying establishment, we were assured by White House political staff that they would not interfere in the primary election. Obviously, that turned out not to be true. Now that we know that the establishment will lie and resort to anything else necessary to defeat me, we are better prepared than before.

  3. Khloe Kardashian:

    Every day is better. He's off of all machines. ... He is alive on his own, and no machines are helping him, which is great, but he still has a lot of physical and cognitive therapy to go through, so it's a long road for him, every day is different. Some days he's really strong, and some days he's weaker than the day before 'cause it's mentally draining, I'm sure, on him.

  4. James Bullard:

    Call it pandemic relief, get transfers to businesses that are affected heavily, and come out on the other side. Identical economy. Produce the same goods as before.

  5. Clare Nullis:

    We do expect it will weaken before it makes landfall. It will probably be more on the lines of Category 1. But even so there will be very high gale force winds in an area that is just not used to seeing this, the winds are a threat but we expect the biggest impact will be from the very, very, very serious rainfall. I've seen some reports that the area might get the equivalent of more than a year's worth of rainfall in a couple of days.

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