Previous definition

prēvē-əs
Existing or occurring before something else in time or order; prior.

Children by a previous marriage.

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Occurring before in time or order; prior.
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(informal) Acting, occurring, or done too soon; premature or hasty.
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(informal) Too soon; premature.
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The definition of previous is the thing that occurred before something else, or the person who went before someone else.

An example of previous is last week.

An example of previous is the person who owned your house before you.

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(informal, UK) An existing criminal record.

It turned out the shoplifter had a lot of previous.

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Prior; occurring before something else, either in time or order.

He is no better than the previous Prime Minister.

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(informal) Premature; occurring too soon.

I thought that I had solved the problem, but I was a bit previous.

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previous to
  • before
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of previous

  • From Latin praevius going before prae- pre- via way wegh- in Indo-European roots

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