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 Meteorologists had been peddling snow fear for a good 36 hours beforehand, with no shortage of ritual admonitions about our failure to stare down the menace of climate change. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 Everyone doing so is reducing their risk for three days beforehand, and then taking a rapid test that morning. Katia Hetter, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Lynfield said people who must travel should follow safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including getting tested two to three days before leaving and avoiding contact with others for two weeks beforehand. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2021 It cannot be used to monitor an app’s behavior beforehand. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 31 Dec. 2021 In February, six remaining naval officers are expected to go to trial, while a seventh has indicated recently in court an intent to plead guilty beforehand. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Although approximately half of the users prefer browser checkouts, people often browse the deals and research products via mobile devices beforehand. Aleksandr Galkin, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 My sister always made sure his birthday did not get lost in the Christmas holidays and always celebrated it a week or so beforehand. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 28 Dec. 2021 My sister always made sure his birthday did not get lost in the Christmas holidays and always celebrated it a week or so beforehand. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Beforehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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