adverb or adjective
be·​fore·​hand | \ bi-ˈfȯr-ˌhand How to pronounce beforehand (audio) , bē- \

Definition of beforehand

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

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Examples of beforehand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New York health commissioner is considering whether to allow 6,700 fans to attend a rare Buffalo Bills home playoff game if all attendees are tested beforehand. Fox News, "New York considers allowing some fans at Bills playoff game," 24 Dec. 2020 Then, in November 2019, DeepMind released details of MuZero, a version that learns to play these and other games—but crucially without needing to know the rules beforehand. Will Knight, Wired, "What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn," 23 Dec. 2020 Some partygoers were tested beforehand, and everyone was encouraged to wear masks. Washington Post, "South Africa’s second coronavirus wave is fueled by a new strain, teen ‘rage festivals’," 18 Dec. 2020 If arriving travelers have trouble getting tested beforehand, Alaska residents can take a free test at the airport. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska health officials are recommending against travel this holiday season. Here’s what you need to know if you must go.," 23 Nov. 2020 Under the state's current coronavirus restrictions, indoor events with more than 100 people expected must have a plan approved beforehand by the state. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas records highest single-day death toll from virus; governor to hold statewide address," 7 Dec. 2020 Some parents said having the option of writing comments beforehand is convenient for people who aren’t available to give a comment during the meeting. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Critics say school boards’ rules for public comments lets them edit, omit some," 6 Dec. 2020 That would be noticed so the public would be aware of it beforehand. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood City Council seeks to clarify city’s tree removal policy; Mayor George has issues with proposal," 25 Nov. 2020 Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called it a Game 7-type game beforehand but stayed with the plan of playing Williamson in short bursts. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Spurs help playoff chances, top Pelicans, Zion 122-113," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of beforehand

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of beforehand was in the 13th century

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29 Dec 2020

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“Beforehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beforehand

: in advance : at an earlier or previous time


be·​fore·​hand | \ bi-ˈfȯr-ˌhand How to pronounce beforehand (audio) \

Kids Definition of beforehand

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

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