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before prep 1 earlier than something before noon. 2 ahead of or in front of someone or something. 3 in the presence of, or for the attention of, someone The question before us is a complex one. 4 rather than or in preference to someone or something Never put money before friendship. 5 formal or literary in the face of something draw back before the blast. conj 1 earlier than the time when something occurs Tidy up before Mum gets back. 2 rather than or in preference to doing something I'd die before I'd surrender. adverb 1 previously; in the past. 2 now rare or formal in front; ahead saints who have gone before.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon beforan.
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