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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Open for; free of access to; in the power of. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. In advance. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. In time past; previously; already. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Earlier; sooner than; until then. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; - opposed to in the rear. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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.
  14. In front; in advance; previously; formerly; already. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Sooner than; rather than. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. 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.
  17. In front: sooner than: hitherto. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. In front of; in presence of; in preference to; previous to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. In front; previously. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. In front; ahead; earlier. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. 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.
  22. Face to face with; in the presence of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Rather than; sooner than. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. In front of; in presence of. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. In front; further onwards. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. Further onward in time. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that. mso.anu.edu.au
  31. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to in the rear. mso.anu.edu.au
  32. Prior to; preceding. In the presence of; under the official purview of; as in a magistrate's jurat, "before me personally appeared," etc. In the absence of any statutory provision governing the computation of time, the authorities are uniform that, where an act is required to be done a certain number of days or weeks before a certain other day upon which another act is to be done, the day upon which the first act is done is to be excluded from the computation, and the whole number of days or weeks must intervene before the day fixed for doing the second act. Ward v. Walters, 63 Wis. 44, 22 N. W. 844, and cases cited. thelawdictionary.org
  33. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that. dictgcide_fs
  34. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; opposed to in the rear. dictgcide_fs
  35. be-f[=o]r', prep. in front of (time or place): in presence or sight of (Before God): under the cognisance of, as in before the court, the magistrate, or the house: previous to: in preference to: superior to.--adv. in front: sooner than hitherto.--conj. previous to the time when (often with that).--advs. BEFORE'HAND, before the time: by way of preparation; BEFORE'TIME, in former time.--TO BE BEFOREHAND WITH, to forestall in any action. [A.S. beforan. See FORE.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  36. (1) Adv.: ahead (go b.); on the front (b. & behind); previous to time in question, already, in the past, (long b.). (2) Prep.: in front of (b. the mast, of common sailors berthed forward), ahead of; under the impulse of (b. the wind, recoil b., carry all b. you); in presence of (appear b. judge, bow b. authority; b. God =as God sees me; the question b. us); awaiting (world all b. them); earlier than (b. Christ, usu. abbr. B.C., appended to dates reckoned backwards from birth of Christ); this side the coming of (future event); farther on than; rather than (would die b. lying). (3) Conj.; previous to the time when; rather than (would die b. I lied). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  37. prep. [Anglo-Saxon] In front of; preceding in space, time, dignity, rank, right or worth;—in presence or sight of; facing; in the power of. Cabinet Dictionary
  38. adv. On the fore part; in front;—in time preceding; already. Cabinet Dictionary
  39. Further onward in place; in the front of, not behind; in the presence of; under the cognizance of; preceding in time; in preference to; prior to; superior to. Complete Dictionary
  40. Sooner than, earlier in time; in time past; in some time lately past; previously to; to this time; hitherto; further onward in place. Complete Dictionary

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