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abort to experience the end of a pregnancy before the fetus is able to survive. [4/6 definitions]
abortion the termination of a pregnancy before the fetus is able to survive. [1/4 definitions]
absentee ballot a ballot to be marked and delivered to an election official before election day because the voter will be unable to be at the polls on that day.
accessory in law, someone who helps a criminal before or after a crime, but does not commit the crime. [1/4 definitions]
advance a monetary payment beforehand, esp. before work is finished. [1/14 definitions]
advent (cap.) the coming of Jesus Christ, or the period including four Sundays before Christmas. [1/2 definitions]
advertise to try to locate something by placing a notice or advertisement before the public (usu. fol. by "for"). [1/4 definitions]
afforestation the process of planting a forest in an area that has not been forest before.
afore before. [3 definitions]
ago before now; past. [1/2 definitions]
agony a violent struggle, esp. the struggle just before death. [1/3 definitions]
airburst an explosion of a bomb or shell before it touches the ground.
Allhallows Eve the day before Allhallows; Halloween.
already by or before this time or that time; previously. [1/3 definitions]
an variant of the indefinite article "a," used before words starting with a vowel or vowel sound. [1/2 definitions]
ancien régime (French) the political and social structure of France before the French Revolution in 1789. [1/2 definitions]
Anglo-Saxon a person of Germanic descent who lived in England before the Norman Conquest, or a descendant thereof. [1/5 definitions]
ante in poker, an amount of money that a player must put into play before seeing his or her cards. [1/3 definitions]
ante- before; earlier than. [2 definitions]
antecede to go before in time, or to be higher in rank or place.
antecedence the act of going before, or the state of being ahead; precedence.