Before meaning

bĭ-fôr
Previous to in time; earlier than.
preposition
16
1
In front; ahead.
adverb
7
2
The definition of before is something that happened before another thing, or something that was in front of or before another.

An example of before is the person in front of you in line.

An example of before is when you have an appointment set for 2:00 and you first go get your hair done.

adverb
6
1
Before is defined as a previous time.

An example of before is when you are asked to do something prior to 7:00 PM.

preposition
6
1
In front of.
preposition
6
2
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Earlier in time.

They called me the day before.

adverb
3
4
In advance; in front; ahead.
adverb
2
0
Located just to the front of.

He paused before the door.

preposition
2
1
In store for; awaiting.

The young man's whole life lies before him.

preposition
2
2
In a position superior to.

The prince is before his brother in the line of succession.

preposition
2
2
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Rather than; sooner than.

I will die before I will betray my country.

conjunction
1
1
Into or in the presence of.

She asked that the visitor be brought before her.

preposition
1
2
Under the consideration or jurisdiction of.

The case is now before the court.

preposition
1
2
In advance of the time when.

See me before you leave.

conjunction
0
0
At an earlier time; sooner.

Come at ten, not before.

adverb
0
0
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Ahead of in time, space, order, rank, or importance.
preposition
0
0
In or into the sight, notice, presence, etc. of.

A thought flashed before her mind; he stood before his accuser.

preposition
0
0
Being considered, judged, or decided by.

The matter before the committee.

preposition
0
0
Earlier than; prior to.

He left before noon.

preposition
0
0
Still to be reached, accomplished, etc. by.

The hardest task was before them.

preposition
0
0
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In preference to; rather than.

To choose death before dishonor.

preposition
0
0
Earlier than the time that.

Drop in before you go.

conjunction
0
0
Sooner than; rather than.

I'd die before I'd tell.

conjunction
0
0
Earlier than (in time).

I want this done before Monday.

preposition
0
0
In front of in space.

He stood before me.

We sat before the fire to warm ourselves.

preposition
0
0
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Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).

The case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule.

preposition
0
0
In store for, in the future of (someone).
preposition
0
0
In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.

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

preposition
0
0
At a higher or greater position in a ranking.

An entrepreneur puts market share and profit before quality, an amateur intrinsic qualities before economical considerations.

preposition
0
0
At an earlier time.

I've never done this before.

adverb
0
0
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In advance.
adverb
0
0
At the front end.
adverb
0
0
In advance of the time when.
conjunction
0
0
(informal) Rather or sooner than.
conjunction
0
0
In the past; previously.

I've heard that song before.

adverb
0
1
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Origin of before

  • Middle English bifore from Old English beforan per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English (adverb and preposition), from Old English beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore)

    From Wiktionary