before

[ bih-fawr, -fohr ]
/ bɪˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr /

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

before 1000; Middle English beforen,Old English beforan, equivalent to beby1 + foran before (forefore1 + -an adv. suffix)
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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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Idioms and Phrases with before

before

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