Definition of before
- marching on before
- the night before
- knew her before
We arrived shortly before six o'clock.
He left just before sunrise.
I've never seen her so happy before now.
Call me before your arrival.
She arrived the day before yesterday.
Why haven't you ever helped me before now?
Your name is listed before mine.
You'll see my house just before the bank and after the school.
The Great Plains stretched endlessly before them.
The championship fight took place before a crowd of thousands.
He left long before morning came.
Say goodbye before you go.
Call me before you arrive.
I finished the exam before he did.
It was not long before he arrived.
: at an earlier time
: to or toward the place where someone is going : in advance
: at a time preceding (something or someone) : earlier than (something or someone)
—used to describe a time earlier than a specified hour
: preceding (something or someone) in order or in a series
: earlier than the time that : earlier than when
: until the time that
—used to refer to something that might happen
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