adverb or adjective

be·​fore·​hand bi-ˈfȯr-ˌhand How to pronounce beforehand (audio)
: in anticipation
: in advance
: ahead of time : early

Examples of beforehand in a Sentence

if you arrive beforehand, we won't be entirely prepared yet if you get ready beforehand, you won't have to rush at the last minute
Recent Examples on the Web The lack of writers also meant none of the dialogue was prepared beforehand and everything said by presenters was made up on the spot. Tanisha Bhat, Peoplemag, 30 June 2024 One of the main differences is visitors will be able to book up to three attractions seven days beforehand if staying at a park hotel. Forrest Brown, CNN, 30 June 2024 Just don’t collect cash beforehand while explicitly committing to using your public office on behalf of the person paying you. Harry Siegel, New York Daily News, 29 June 2024 Everything is negotiated beforehand by the candidates. Jack Schlossberg, Vogue, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for beforehand 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Beforehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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be·​fore·​hand -ˌhand How to pronounce beforehand (audio)
: ahead of time : in advance

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