Origin of before
Antonyms for before
Related Words for beforepreviously, ahead, since, back, sooner, ante, ere, fore, former, formerly, forward, gone, heretofore, past, previous, afore, aforetime, antecedently, anteriorly, preceding
Examples from the Web for before
Contemporary Examples of before
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.
Was there an investigation of people at DOJ before they arrived at that conclusion?Ex-CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s Battle Royale With the Feds
January 9, 2015
This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
And then I met him before I started doing the impression of him when he was a guest on SNL for a moment.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of before
Come, before he comes to gibe us for having heeded a moment.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He had discovered years before that he was sometimes able thus to puzzle her momentarily.
Sit here, and we'll talk it over sensibly, before you get ready.
I can give you an hour, if you've anything to say before it's done—not longer.
Written years before, at the time of publication he was thirty-three.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Word Origin for before
Old English beforan "before, in front of, in the presence of, in former times," from Proto-Germanic *bi- "by" + *forana "from the front," adverbial derivative of *fora (see for). Cf. Old Frisian bifara, Old Saxon biforan, Old High German bifora, German bevor. Contrasting before and after in illustrations is from Hogarth (1768). Before the mast in old sailing ships denoting "common sailor," is from the place of their berths, in front of the fore-mast.
In addition to the idioms beginning with before
- before long
- before the wind
- before you can say Jack Robinson
- before you know it
- cart before the horse
- cast pearls before swine
- look before you leap