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before

EN[bɪˈfɔː] [bɪˈfɔɹ] [bɪˈfo(ː)ɹ] [bɪˈfoə] [-ɔː(ɹ)]
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  • Before is the opposite of after.
  • It may refer to:
  • Before (album) by Gold Panda
  • "Before" (song) by the Pet Shop Boys
  • "Before" (short story) by Gael Baudino

    Definition of before in English Dictionary

  • Adverb
    1. At an earlier time.
      1. All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.
    2. In advance.
      1. At the front end.
      2. Conjunction
        1. in advance of the time when.
          1. INF rather or sooner than.
          2. Preposition
            1. Earlier than (in time).
              1. I want this done before Monday. ‎
            2. In front of in space.
              1. He stood before me. ‎
              2. We sat before the fire to warm ourselves. ‎
            3. In the presence of.
              1. He performed before the troops in North Africa.
              2. He spoke before a joint session of Congress.
            4. Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).
              1. The case laid before the panel aroused nothing but ridicule. ‎
            5. In store for, in the future of (someone).
              1. In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.
                1. In alphabetical order, "cat" comes before "dog", "canine" before feline". ‎
              2. At a higher or greater position in a ranking.
                1. An entrepreneur puts market share and profit before quality, an amateur intrinsic qualities before economical considerations. ‎
            6. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • —Lines were long at the polling stations here well before morning had unscrolled its first light.
                • but I remember this, moms would lick her finger tips / to wipe the cold out my eye before school with her spit
                • I channel surfed for half an hour before deciding nothing worth watching was on television.
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Before it could be cleaned properly it was necessary to take it to pieces.
                • Before we start the project, let's just run over who is doing what.
                • Before your jottering finger could find the trigger, the hilt would dirl on your breast-bane.
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • I have prayed for strength for such a duty, and find it come off as weakly and dead-heartedly as before.
                • So I think I’ve learned to overcommunicate in a way that I never did before.
                • I was not born yesterday, you know. I have done this before!
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Adverbs
                • Conjunctive adverbs
                  • Sequence adverbs
                  • Uncomparable adverbs
                  • Conjunctions
                    • Prepositions
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                    5. en beforelife
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                    Meaning of before for the defined word.

                    Grammatically, this word "before" is an adverb, more specifically, a conjunctive adverb and an uncomparable adverb. It's also a conjunction. It's also a preposition.
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