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Definitions of before

  1. at or in the front; " I see the lights of a town ahead"; " the road ahead is foggy"; " staring straight ahead"; " we couldn't see over the heads of the people in front"; " with the cross of Jesus marching on before"
  2. earlier in time; previously; " I had known her before"; " as I said before"; " he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; " her parents had died four years earlier"; " I mentioned that problem earlier"
  3. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house.
  4. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time.
  5. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than.
  6. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing.
  7. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of.
  8. Open for; free of access to; in the power of.
  9. In advance.
  10. In time past; previously; already.
  11. Earlier; sooner than; until then.
  12. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; - opposed to in the rear.
  13. In front of; coming first in space, time, or rank; in presence or sight of; earlier than.
  14. In front; in advance; previously; formerly; already.
  15. Sooner than; rather than.
  16. At the fore part, or in front of: in presence or sight of: previous to: in preference to: superior to.
  17. In front: sooner than: hitherto.
  18. In front of; in presence of; in preference to; previous to.
  19. In front; previously.
  20. In front; ahead; earlier.
  21. In front of; ahead of; anterior to; in advance of; in preference to.
  22. Face to face with; in the presence of.
  23. Rather than; sooner than.
  24. Farther onward in place, or progress in a place; preceding; previously; already; hitherto. Before the wind, moving in the direction of the wind and by its impulse. Before the mast, not allowed aft the main- mast, as being only a common sailor.
  25. Preceding in space, in time, or in rank; in front of; in presence or sight of; under the cognizance of; in preference to.
  26. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; - sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that.
  27. In front of; in presence of.
  28. In front; further onwards.
  29. Further onward in time.
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Usage examples for before

  1. " Oh, my dear," she said, " I never had before. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  2. You have never been from home before." – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  3. Well, that was before your time. – One Day's Courtship The Heralds Of Fame by Robert Barr
  4. No. I said that before. – An Apostate: Nawin of Thais by Steven Sills
  5. He had never come at night before. – A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed
  6. " The fact of the matter is that the work has got to come before the man," he said. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  7. It had not been there the night before." – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  8. Ah, you would not see me before! – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  9. Why didn't you tell us of this before? – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  10. I am afraid of her; I was never so afraid of any one before. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  11. He had left her before she could stay him; but she would go to him now. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  12. You might have come before. – The-Comedy-of-Errors by Shakespeare, William
  13. Not been out before. – Oswald Bastable and Others by Edith Nesbit
  14. I have heard of it before. – Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches by Joel Chandler Harris
  15. Oh, well, I'll see her again before long. – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  16. " We'll be there before you know it. – Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's by Laura Lee Hope
  17. Still, I'm not sure you can ever get quite back to where you were before. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  18. Then go before me. – Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorrilla Translated by N. K. Mayberry & A. S. Kline
  19. I 've heard that from you before. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  20. I suppose your guest will be gone before I come back? – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
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