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before

preposition

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 earlier than
  • since I'm a faster runner, I got there before him

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2 preceding in space
  • the children always insisted on running before their parents

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before

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of before (Entry 2 of 2)

so as to precede something in order of time
  • their arrival was completely expected because a messenger had gone before

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The first known use of before was before the 12th century

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before

beforehand

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“Before.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/before. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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