Before

  • 1 Before — Be*fore , prep. [OE. beforen, biforen, before, AS. beforan; pref. be + foran, fore, before. See {Be }, and {Fore}.] 1. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house. [1913 Webster] His angel, who shall… …

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  • 2 Before — «Before» Сингл Pet Shop Boys из альбома Bilingual Выпущен 22 апреля, 1996 года Формат CD Записан 1995 Жанр Электро …

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  • 3 before — [bē fôr′, bifôr′] adv. [ME biforen < OE beforan < be , BY + foran,FORE] 1. in advance; in front; ahead 2. in the past; previously [I ve heard that song before] 3. at an earlier time; sooner [come at ten, not before] prep …

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  • 4 before — before, ahead, forward are comparable when they mean in advance, especially in place or in time. Before is more commonly used in reference to time than to place. Its most frequent implication is previousness or priority {I have heard that before} …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 Before — Be*fore , adv. 1. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; opposed to {in the rear}. [1913 Webster] The battle was before and behind. 2 Chron. xiii. 14. [1913 Webster] 2. In advance. I come before to tell you. Shak. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 before — be·fore prep 1: in the presence of then personally appeared before me 2: to be judged or acted on by a case before the court a bill coming up before Congress Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 19 …

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  • 7 Before Me — Studioalbum von Gladys Knight Veröffentlichung 2006 Label Verve …

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  • 8 before — O.E. beforan before, in front of, in the presence of, in former times, from P.Gmc. *bi by + *forana from the front, adverbial derivative of *fora (see FOR (Cf. for)). Cf. O.Fris. bifara, O.S. biforan, O.H.G. bifora, Ger. bevor. Contrasting …

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  • 9 before — [adv] earlier afore, aforetime, ahead, ante, antecedently, anteriorly, back, before present, ere, fore, former, formerly, forward, gone, gone by, heretofore, in advance, in days of yore, in front, in old days, in the past, past, precendently,… …

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  • 10 before — ► PREPOSITION , CONJUNCTION , & ADVERB 1) during the period of time preceding. 2) in front of. 3) in preference to; rather than. ORIGIN Old English, from BY(Cf. ↑by) + FORE(Cf. ↑fore) …

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  • 11 before — be|fore1 W1S1 [bıˈfo: US ˈfo:r] conj 1.) earlier than a particular event or action ≠ ↑after ▪ Say goodbye before you go. ▪ I saw her a few days before she died. see usage note ↑ago 2.) so that something does not or cannot happen ▪ Put that money… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 before — [[t]bɪfɔ͟ː(r)[/t]] ♦ (In addition to the uses shown below, before is used in the phrasal verbs go before and lay before .) 1) PREP If something happens before a particular date, time, or event, it happens earlier than that date, time, or event.… …

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  • 13 before — be|fore [ bı fɔr ] function word *** Before can be used in the following ways: as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): Think carefully before you choose. as a preposition (followed by a noun): We ll finish the project before Christmas. as an… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 before — 1 conjunction 1 earlier than the time when something happens: Say goodbye before you go. | It will be sometime before we know the full results. 2 so that something bad does not happen: Put that money somewhere safe before it gets stolen. | That… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 before */*/*/ — UK [bɪˈfɔː(r)] / US [bɪˈfɔr] adverb, conjunction, preposition Summary: Before can be used in the following ways: as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): Think carefully before you choose. as a preposition (followed by a noun): We moved to… …

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  • 16 before — I. adverb or adjective Etymology: Middle English, adverb & preposition, from Old English beforan, from be + foran before, from fore Date: before 12th century 1. in advance ; ahead < marching on before > 2. at an earlier time ; previously …

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  • 17 before — /bi fawr , fohr /, prep. 1. previous to; earlier or sooner than: Phone me before noon. 2. in front of; ahead of; in advance of: his shadow advancing before him; She stood before the window. 3. ahead of; in the future of; awaiting: The golden age… …

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  • 18 before — conj., prep., & adv. conj. 1 earlier than the time when (crawled before he walked). 2 rather than that (would starve before he stole). prep. 1 a in front of (before her in the queue). b ahead of (crossed the line before him). c under the impulse… …

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  • 19 before*/*/*/ — [bɪˈfɔː] grammar word summary: Before can be: ■ a conjunction: Think carefully before you choose. ■ a preposition: We ll finish the project before Christmas. ■ an adverb: I d met him once before. 1) earlier than something earlier than a… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 before — be•fore [[t]bɪˈfɔr, ˈfoʊr[/t]] prep. 1) previous to; earlier than: Call me before noon[/ex] 2) in front or ahead of: She stood before the window[/ex] 3) awaiting: The golden age is before us[/ex] 4) in preference to; rather than: They would die… …

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