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before

EN[bɪˈfɔː] [bɪˈfɔɹ] [bɪˈfo(ː)ɹ] [bɪˈfoə] [-ɔː(ɹ)]
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  • Before is the opposite of after.
  • It may refer to:
  • Before (album) by Gold Panda
  • "Before" (song) by the Pet Shop Boys
  • "Before" (short story) by Gael Baudino

    Definition of before in English Dictionary

  • Adverb
    1. At an earlier time.
      1. All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.
    2. In advance.
      1. At the front end.
      2. Conjunction
        1. in advance of the time when.
          1. INF rather or sooner than.
          2. Preposition
            1. Earlier than (in time).
              1. I want this done before Monday. ‎
            2. In front of in space.
              1. He stood before me. ‎
              2. We sat before the fire to warm ourselves. ‎
            3. In the presence of.
              1. He performed before the troops in North Africa.
              2. He spoke before a joint session of Congress.
            4. Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).
              1. The case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule. ‎
            5. In store for, in the future of (someone).
              1. In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.
                1. In alphabetical order, "cat" comes before "dog", "canine" before feline". ‎
              2. At a higher or greater position in a ranking.
                1. An entrepreneur puts market share and profit before quality, an amateur intrinsic qualities before economical considerations. ‎
            6. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • Think twice before you go, since it could be dangerous.
                • Composed play then saw Sam Ricketts nutmeg Ashley Cole before Taylor whipped a fine curling effort over Petr Cech's bar.
                • Every morning he powered up his electronic devices, even before making coffee.
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Before they come back and charge jizillions per hour to do what I did, I'd like to narrow it down to keep costs down.
                • Before the invasion, we softened up the enemy with the artillery.
                • Before we can begin to size up the problem, we'll need more information.
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • The next morning he much regretted the gusto with which he had wassailed the night before.
                • I was not born yesterday, you know. I have done this before!
                • So I think I’ve learned to overcommunicate in a way that I never did before.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Adverbs
                • Conjunctive adverbs
                  • Sequence adverbs
                  • Uncomparable adverbs
                  • Conjunctions
                    • Prepositions
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                    2. en beforely
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                    4. en beforeness
                    5. en beforesaid
                    Source: Wiktionary
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                    Meaning of before for the defined word.

                    Grammatically, this word "before" is an adverb, more specifically, a conjunctive adverb and an uncomparable adverb. It's also a conjunction. It's also a preposition.
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