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before meaning

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
                • The airplane had to wait on the runway for a few minutes before it could take off.
                • Zubar played in Doyle down the Wolves left and his ball into the box evaded several players before falling for Mujangi Bia to finally drive in a second past Neil Sullivan.
                • Lisicki recovered quickly enough and broke once again at 1-1, using her heavy to serve to dominate before a sweetly-struck backhand down the line closed out the set after 43 minutes.
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Before taking the project to the CEO, let's make sure we dot the i's and cross the t's.
                • Before long they had consumed a whole tray of shrimp cocktails and sent for another. ‎
                • Before his own elevation to an earldom, Disraeli's wife was created Viscountess Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria.
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • I have prayed for strength for such a duty, and find it come off as weakly and dead-heartedly as before.
                • Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
                • The next morning he much regretted the gusto with which he had wassailed the night before.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Adverbs
                • Conjunctive adverbs
                  • Sequence adverbs
                  • Uncomparable adverbs
                  • Conjunctions
                    • Prepositions
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                    Source: Wiktionary

                    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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