How to use
beforan, from foran
, from fore;
earlier than something or someone
The new road should be completed before the end of the year.
Let's meet at our house before the show.
Larry arrived home before me.
five minutes/two hours etc before something
Hugh arrived just five minutes before the ceremony.
before doing something
I usually take a shower before having my breakfast.
We only got back from Scotland
the day before yesterday
two days ago
Other students joined in the protest, and
there was a crowd of 200 or so.
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ahead of someone or something else in a list or order
You were before me in the queue.
The files are in alphabetical order, so B1 comes before C1.
used to say that something happens where it can be watched by people
Italy will face Brazil this afternoon before a crowd of 100,000 spectators.
an actor who had performed before the Queen
used to say that someone or something comes to be judged or considered by a person or group of people
The proposal was put before the planning committee.
used to say that one thing or person is considered more important than another
I put my wife and kids before anyone else.
In the air transport business, safety must always come before profit.
in front of something or someone
The priest stood before the altar.
The sea stretched out before them.
if one place is before another place on a road or journey, the first place is nearer to you than the second, so you will reach it first
The pub is 100m before the church on the right.
the last station before the Simplon Tunnel
if there is a job or situation before you, you will have to do the job or face the situation
The task of emptying the house lay before us.
if a period of time is before you, it is about to start and you can do what you want during it
We had a glorious summer afternoon before us to do as we pleased.
You have your whole life before you.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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