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.
An example of before is when you are asked to do something prior to 7:00 PM.
They called me the day before.
He paused before the door.
The young man's whole life lies before him.
The prince is before his brother in the line of succession.
I will die before I will betray my country.
She asked that the visitor be brought before her.
The case is now before the court.
See me before you leave.
Come at ten, not before.
A thought flashed before her mind; he stood before his accuser.
The matter before the committee.
He left before noon.
The hardest task was before them.
To choose death before dishonor.
Drop in before you go.
I'd die before I'd tell.
I want this done before Monday.
He stood before me.
We sat before the fire to warm ourselves.
The case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule.
In alphabetical order, "cat" comes before "dog", "canine" before feline".
An entrepreneur puts market share and profit before quality, an amateur intrinsic qualities before economical considerations.
I've never done this before.
I've heard that song before.
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)