Definition of Before

1. Adverb. Earlier in time; previously. "I mentioned that problem earlier"

Exact synonyms: Earlier

2. Adverb. At or in the front. "With the cross of Jesus marching on before"
Exact synonyms: Ahead, In Front

Definition of Before

1. prep. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house.

2. adv. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to in the rear.

Definition of Before

1. Preposition. Earlier than (in time). ¹

2. Preposition. In front of in space. ¹

3. Preposition. Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone). ¹

4. Preposition. In store for, in the future of (someone). ¹

5. Preposition. In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items. ¹

6. Preposition. At a higher or greater position in a subjective ranking. ¹

7. Adverb. at an earlier time ¹

8. Adverb. in advance ¹

9. Conjunction. in advance of the time when ¹

10. Conjunction. (informal) rather or sooner than ¹

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Definition of Before

1. previously [adv] - See also: previously

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Before

before (current term)
before Christ
before dark
before long
before someone's time
before the mast
before you can say Jack Robinson

Literary usage of Before

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett (1816)
"The Trial of HENRY SACHEVERELL, DD upon an Impeachment before the House of Lords, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors: 9 ANNE, AD 1710. ..."

2. English Literature by Stopford Augustus Brooke (1876)
"CHAPTER I. WRITERS before THE NORMAN CONQUEST, 670—1066. 2. ... before we can enter on the story of our English Literature we must try to understand what ..."

3. A Digest of the Laws of England Respecting Real Property by William Cruise, Henry Hopley White (1835)
"7.; yet as soon as a fine was levied, and before all the proclamations were passed, it was a good bar to an estate tail, provided the proclamations were ..."

4. Ancient History by Hutton Webster (1913)
"Waterloo, Story of Ab. London, before Adam. Hall, Days before History. ... In the early life of every people, before the use of writing becomes general, ..."

5. The Learned Lady in England, 1650-1760 by Myra Reynolds (1920)
"But before entering upon this detailed study it seems desirable to give a preliminary sketch of the work of learned women in England before. ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Mortgages of Real Property by Leonard Augustus Jones (1879)
"L Tender before and after default, 886- 903 Il. Appropriation of payments ... Payment before the day named in the condition, equally with payment at the day ..."

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