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bɪˈfɔrˌhænd, -ˈfoʊr-be·fore·hand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. advance(a), beforehand(p)adverb

    being ahead of time or need

    "gave advance warning"; "was beforehand with her report"

  2. ahead, in advance, beforehandadverb

    ahead of time; in anticipation

    "when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount"; "We like to plan ahead"; "should have made reservations beforehand"


  1. beforehandadverb

    At an earlier or preceding time.

    Will it be possible to have access to the room beforehand so that we can set up chairs?

  2. beforehandadjective

    In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.

    Rich and much beforehand. uE000173321uE001 Francis Bacon.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beforehandadverb

    Etymology: from before and hand.

    Quoth Hudibras, I am beforehand
    In that already, with your command. Hudibras.

    Your soul has been beforehand with your body,
    And drunk so deep a draught of promis’d bliss,
    She slumbers o’er the cup. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    I have not room for many reflections; the last cited author has been beforehand with me, in its proper moral. Addison.

    His profession is to deliver precepts necessary to eloquent speech; yet so, that they which receive them, may be taught beforehand the skill of speaking. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    It would be resisted by such as had beforehand resisted the general proofs of the gospel. Francis Atterbury.

    When the lawyers brought extravagant bills, Sir Roger used to bargain beforehand, to cut off a quarter of a yard in any part of the bill. John Arbuthnot, History of J. Bull.

    Stranger’s house is at this time rich, and much beforehand; for it hath laid up revenue these thirty-seven years. Francis Bacon.

    What is a man’s contending with insuperable difficulties, but the rolling of Sisyphus’s stone up the hill, which is soon beforehand to return upon him again? Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beforehandadverb

    in a state of anticipation ore preoccupation; in advance; -- often followed by with

  2. Beforehandadverb

    by way of preparation, or preliminary; previously; aforetime

  3. Beforehandadjective

    in comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beforehand in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beforehand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of beforehand in a Sentence

  1. Louis Celine:

    Most people die at the last minute others 20 years beforehand, some even earlier. They are the wretched of the earth.

  2. Jeffery Nance:

    Bottom line, everybody who has access to potentially classified information has to have the proper clearance beforehand.

  3. Dale Bumpers:

    The The House managers have said shame and embarrassment is no excuse for lying. Well, the question about lying, that's your decision. But I can tell you, you put yourself in President Clinton position, and you've already had this big moral lapse, as to what you would do. We are -- none of us are perfect. Sure, you say, President Clinton should have thought of all that beforehand. And indeed President Clinton should. Just as Adam and Eve should have. Just as you and you and you and you, and millions of other people who have been caught in similar circumstances should have thought of it before. And I say none of us are perfect.

  4. Vivian Tan:

    What I can confirm is that we were not informed of the deportation beforehand.

  5. Ryan Urban:

    You put the right people in and then the culture goes bottom up, says Urban. 3. Make transparency and flexibility a priority. Each Bounce Exchange department makes it clear to the employees what the job titles mean, how you can move up in the in company and what the salary ranges are for each position. There are also annual formal performance reviews at the end of each year, with a 360-degree peer review a month beforehand. There are frequent informal check-ins as well, and if someone is doing excellent work, they'll be recognized for it. If someone is just nailing it, some should get promoted at any time.

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