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before

[ bih-fawr, -fohr ]
/ bɪˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr /
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Definition of before

preposition
adverb
conjunction
previous to the time when: Send the telegram before we go.
sooner than; rather than: I will die before I submit.
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Origin of before

First recorded before 1000; Middle English beforen, Old English beforan, equivalent to be by + foran “before” (fore fore1 + -an adverb suffix)
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How to use before in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for before

before
/ (bɪˈfɔː) /

conjunction (subordinating)
earlier than the time when
rather thanhe'll resign before he agrees to it
preposition
adverb
at an earlier time; previously; beforehand; in front

Word Origin for before

Old English beforan; related to Old Frisian befara, Old High German bifora
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Other Idioms and Phrases with before

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