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before meaning

EN[bɪˈfɔː] [bɪˈfɔɹ] [bɪˈfo(ː)ɹ] [bɪˈfoə] [-ɔː(ɹ)]
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WBefore
  • 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
                • England cut loose at the end of the half, Ashton, Mark Cueto and Mike Tindall all crossing before the break.
                • The river runs before the door, and serpentizes more than you can conceive. — Walpole.
                • Mr. Morales spoke before thousands of supporters in downtown La Paz on Saturday, some of whom were waving the wiphala, a multicolored flag representing indigenous people in Bolivia.
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Before his own elevation to an earldom, Disraeli's wife was created Viscountess Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria.
                • Before surgery, Patients had undergone an extensive medical evaluation for patients’ general status, comorbidity and corresponding immunocompatibility tests.
                • Before buying the car, we put it through its paces.
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
                • So I think I’ve learned to overcommunicate in a way that I never did before.
                • I have prayed for strength for such a duty, and find it come off as weakly and dead-heartedly as before.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Adverbs
                • Conjunctive adverbs
                  • Sequence adverbs
                  • Uncomparable adverbs
                  • Conjunctions
                    • Prepositions
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                    5. en beforeness
                    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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