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[bih-fawr-hand, -fohr-] /bɪˈfɔrˌhænd, -ˈfoʊr-/
adverb, adjective
in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time:
We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report.
Origin of beforehand
First recorded in 1175-1225, beforehand is from the Middle English word bifor-hand. See before, hand Unabridged
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  • I had only asked permission to take twelve men with me whose names had to be sent in beforehand.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • Or was it the blunder that brought death upon him beforehand?

  • It had been arranged for weeks beforehand, and the whole family were delighted with the novelty of the proposition.

  • But he was altogether averse to dwelling upon it, or the adjuncts of it, beforehand.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • You should never let any one wait, Gladys, unless I have told you beforehand.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for beforehand


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
early; in advance; in anticipation: she came an hour beforehand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beforehand
adv., adj.

also before-hand, early 13c., from before + hand, which here is of uncertain signification, unless the original notion is payment in advance or something done before another's hand does it. Hyphenated from 18c., one word from 19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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