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Definitions of before

  1. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Open for; free of access to; in the power of. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. In front of; coming first in space, time, or rank; in presence or sight of; earlier than. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. At the fore part, or in front of: in presence or sight of: previous to: in preference to: superior to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. In front of; ahead of; anterior to; in advance of; in preference to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Face to face with; in the presence of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Preceding in space, in time, or in rank; in front of; in presence or sight of; under the cognizance of; in preference to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; - sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. In front of; in presence of. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Sooner than; rather than. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Rather than; sooner than. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Further onward in time. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. In advance. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. In time past; previously; already. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Earlier; sooner than; until then. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; - opposed to in the rear. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. In front; in advance; previously; formerly; already. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. In front: sooner than: hitherto. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. In front of; in presence of; in preference to; previous to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. In front; previously. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. In front; ahead; earlier. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. In front; further onwards. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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
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