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.

Quotes of before

  1. My mom passed away a day before high school started, and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy, and play drums in a band. – Travis Barker
  2. I've gone to war zones before and never got shot. – Manute Bol
  3. There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work. – Jean de la Bruyere
  4. I always clean before the cleaning lady comes. If not, when I come home, I can't find anything. Cleaning ladies are always hiding things you leave out. – Celia Cruz
  5. I go now before the milk of Human kindness goes sour for me. – Philip Francis
  6. Although this crisis in some ways started in the United States, it is a global crisis. We bear a substantial share of the responsibility for what has happened, but factors that made the crisis so acute and so difficult to contain lie in a broader set of global forces that built up in the years before the start of our current troubles. – Timothy Geithner
  7. My brother and I were meditating before we were 6 years old, having to stare at the wall and chant. – Kristin Hersh
  8. In a very complex way, things have improved in the dramatic field. Before you had the good and the bad and you couldn't mingle them. Now it's more ambiguous. – Isabelle Huppert
  9. I think racial profiling is wrong. It cannot be defended. It's just flat wrong. And if a matter came before me, and it could be established that the arrest was made strictly on racial profiling, when I was on the bench, it would be gone. – Judge Mills Lane
  10. Universal literacy was a 20th -century goal. Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small, highly educated class of professional people. – Hugh Mackay
  11. Before you beat a child, be sure yourself are not the cause of the offense. – Austin O'Malley
  12. Let's clean up our environment. Let's clean up our bodies, but most importantly, let's not permit our babies of the future to be polluted before they are even born. – Louise Slaughter
  13. I have competed before empty stadiums a lot in my career. – Bill Toomey
  14. Being a mother adds another emotional dimension, a feel for children that I didn't have before I had one. They were a pain before – Julie Walters
  15. It wasn't like I was self -motivated. My dad started me. It was his dream before it was mine. – Venus Williams

Usage examples for before

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

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