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before

be·fore

before

 
 
pronunciation:
b for
parts of speech:
adverb, preposition, conjunction
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: at an earlier time; in the past.
They had seen it all before.
antonyms:
after
similar words:
earlier, early
definition 2: in front; ahead.
The children ran before.
antonyms:
after, behind
similar words:
early
 
part of speech: preposition
definition 1: in advance of in time; previous to.
prices before inflation
antonyms:
after, past, since
similar words:
prior to
definition 2: in front of; ahead of.
Stupidly, he put the cart before the horse.
antonyms:
after, past
definition 3: in the presence of; within view of.
They appeared before the committee as main witnesses.
definition 4: ahead of, as in rank or importance.
work before play
antonyms:
after
 
part of speech: conjunction
definition 1: in advance of the time when.
before you go home
antonyms:
after
definition 2: rather than.
He would starve before he would eat such food.