Definition of Come before

1. Verb. Be the predecessor of. "Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands"

Exact synonyms: Precede
Derivative terms: Precedence, Precession, Predecessor
Antonyms: Succeed

Definition of Come before

1. Verb. (transitive) To appear publicly in front of someone superior. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to be of greater importance (than) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to be judged, decided or discussed by authority. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To precede. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Come Before

come a cropper
come a long way
come about
come across
come after
come again
come alive
come along
come and go
come apart
come around
come away
come back
come before (current term)
come between
come by
come clean
come close
come down
come down on
come down the pike
come down to
come down to us
come down with
come for
come forth
come forward
come from

Literary usage of Come before

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

1. The Works of the Rev. John Newton by John Newton (1810)
"Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and boio myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings^ with calves of a year old? ..."

2. History of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1899)
"most powerful, ready to dispose of the complaints which might come before it from the hundred or county courts for delay of justice or manifest wrong. ..."

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