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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
                • On Monday, four days before PartnerRe shareholders were set to vote on the Axis deal, the reinsurer agreed to sell itself to Exor for $140.50 a share and a special preclosing dividend of $3 a share.
                • You can be heroic and start the process of truly saving the world before the Sun goes down tonight.
                • I channel surfed for half an hour before deciding nothing worth watching was on television.
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s waters break. ‎ ( UK )
                • Before long they had consumed a whole tray of shrimp cocktails and sent for another. ‎
                • Before pooling, we applied a vincentisation procedure (see Results for more details) to normalise reaction times across subjects.
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day 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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                    4. en beforeness
                    5. en beforelife
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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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