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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Synonyms & Antonyms for beforehand


early, inopportunely, precociously, prematurely, unseasonably


belatedly, late, tardily

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Many of the show's announcements are leaked or rumored beforehand and those should all be confirmed or dispelled by the time E3 proper begins next week. Steve Watts, CBS News, "E3 2019: Video game industry readies for its major annual showcase," 3 June 2019 The Rove departs from either the Sixty SoHo Hotel or The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg—and encourages riders to hang out at the hotspot beforehand. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "There’s Now a More Convenient (and Chic) Way to Get to the Hamptons," 24 May 2019 Taxi fares are usually negotiated beforehand so there is no need to add extra. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 After all, Jasmine's got 17 houses' worth of work to do beforehand. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know On How Flip Or Flop Came To Be, According To Tarek El Moussa," 24 Aug. 2018 No hearings were held, no administration officials were summoned to explain themselves, no bipartisan consultation of possible consequences took place beforehand. Sharon Lafraniere And Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "How Partisan Has House Intelligence Panel Become? It’s Building a Wall," 8 Feb. 2018 In order to ensure airlines won’t lose money on the deal, cities raise money beforehand, usually through a mix of government funding and private donations. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why air service is so crucial for small cities," 12 Nov. 2018 Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer, who got her makeup done beforehand by the g team, joined Jack Ryan's Dina Shihabi and Mayans M.C.'s Sarah Bolger on the outside terrace. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Just 21 Awesome Photos of Issa Rae, Chrissy Metz, and More at Glamour x Tory Burch's Emmy Lunch," 16 Sep. 2018 What mattered most were the intelligent preparations the leader made beforehand. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Chasing Perfection, Ferruccio Lamborghini Took the Fast Lane," 31 May 2018

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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