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Meaning & Definition of Before in English

English

Before

/bɪfɔr/

adverb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • earlier
  • ,
  • before

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • ahead
  • ,
  • in front
  • ,
  • before

Examples of using

Let me add a few words before you seal the letter.
Run over your part again before the rehearsal.
The soil will have to be plowed before we start planting.