beforehand

adverb or adjective be·fore·hand \ bi-ˈfȯr-ˌhand , bē- \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of beforehand

1 a : in anticipation
b : in advance
2 : ahead of time : early

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First Known Use of beforehand

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BEFOREHAND Defined for English Language Learners

beforehand

Definition of beforehand for English Language Learners

  • : in advance : at an earlier or previous time


BEFOREHAND Defined for Kids

beforehand

adverb be·fore·hand \ bi-ˈfȯr-ˌhand \

Definition of beforehand for Students

: at an earlier or previous time
  • They decided beforehand to leave early.


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