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prior to

prior to

preposition

Definition of PRIOR TO

:  in advance of :  before

Usage Discussion of PRIOR TO

Sometimes termed pompous or affected, prior to is a synonym of before that most often appears in rather formal contexts, such as the annual reports of corporations. It may occasionally emphasize the notion of anticipation <page makeup decisions are verified and approved prior to typesetting — Publishers Weekly>.

Examples of PRIOR TO

  1. <make sure all revisions are approved by the author prior to publication>

First Known Use of PRIOR TO

1706

Related to PRIOR TO

Synonyms
afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, ere, fore (also 'fore) [chiefly dialect], of, previous to, before, to
Antonyms
after, following

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