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 And are there any typical signs beforehand that herald the downfall? Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "The 6 major signs that a company’s culture is in trouble," 3 Dec. 2019 Members of Charm City Ghostbusters will be in the lobby beforehand to pose for selfies and otherwise ensure ghosts are kept at bay. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival, the Westminster Catacombs, World Oddities Expo and more," 27 Oct. 2019 It wasn’t known whether the shooter or the man who was killed were in a bar beforehand, Linders said. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "Man dies after being shot on St. Paul street Saturday night," 29 Sep. 2019 Summer signing Moise Kean was dropped to the bench in place of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was without a goal in 12 games beforehand., "Bournemouth 3-1 Everton: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Wilson Double Fires Cherries to Victory," 15 Sep. 2019 For months beforehand, Parnas and Fruman worked with Giuliani to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his family. Christian Berthelsen, Fortune, "Giuliani Ally Got $1 Million From Ukraine Oligarch’s Lawyer," 18 Dec. 2019 State officials said releasing the records would require extensive redactions beforehand. ProPublica, "Nobody Knows How Many Kids Die From Maltreatment and Abuse in the U.S.," 18 Dec. 2019 This year, the latest model was announced on October 2 and the deals started just a few days beforehand. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "When (and How) To Buy Your Next Laptop," 15 Dec. 2019 The exes are reportedly close now, so Harry showed Camille the song beforehand and asked her permission to include a voicemail from her at the end of it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Harry Styles Actually Put a Voicemail From His Ex In His New Song “Cherry”," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of beforehand

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

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6 Jan 2020

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“Beforehand.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce beforehand (audio)

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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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