- ahead of time; in advance
- in anticipation; exercising forethought
The definition of beforehand is earlier or prior to.
An example of beforehand is when you buy your movie tickets on Monday for a show on Tuesday.
- In anticipation.
- In advance; early.
(comparative more beforehand, superlative most beforehand)
- In a state of anticipation or preoccupation; often followed by with.
- It gains by regret that death was beforehand with him.
- Where practicable steam shovels are employed, even when it is necessary to break up the material beforehand by blasting.
- Qais, knew beforehand that this appeal would be made.
- Nor could 1 A copy of the letter was taken by way of precaution, beforehand, by the Austrian ministers, and this copy is still in the Vienna archives.
- Each vote is dealt with separately, notice being given beforehand by one party to the other of the votes objected to and therounds of objection.