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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
                • Looking out for your family should come before making money.
                • The technoplegics among you will probably spew your usual twaddle about how Cuba will be a democracy before these advancements hit the street.
                • Vote now, as this thread is sure to make its way into squirrelable territory before long!
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Before long they had consumed a whole tray of shrimp cocktails and sent for another. ‎
                • Before we hand off the project to him, let's make sure to write some instructions.
                • Before the dore sat selfe-consuming Care, / Day and night keeping wary watch and ward, / For feare least Force or Fraud should vnaware / Breake in [ …]
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • 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!
                • The next morning he much regretted the gusto with which he had wassailed the night 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
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