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