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before meaning

EN[bɪˈfɔː]
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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
  • 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
                • In a private rite, a ring is drawn on the ground around a harrow or before an indoor stall.
                • You can be heroic and start the process of truly saving the world before the Sun goes down tonight.
                • I barely mentioned the band's name before he went off on one about how commercial the top forty is these days.
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Before we start the project, let's just run over who is doing what.
                • Before surgery, Patients had undergone an extensive medical evaluation for patients’ general status, comorbidity and corresponding immunocompatibility tests.
                • Before his own elevation to an earldom, Disraeli's wife was created Viscountess Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria.
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • I was not born yesterday, you know. I have done this before!
                • The next morning he much regretted the gusto with which he had wassailed the night before.
                • So I think I’ve learned to overcommunicate in a way that I never did before.

            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.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Adverbs
                • Conjunctive adverbs
                  • Sequence adverbs
                  • Uncomparable adverbs
                  • Conjunctions
                    • Prepositions
                    Difficultness: Level 1
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