- before */*/*/
- UK [bɪˈfɔː(r)] / US [bɪˈfɔr]
adverb, conjunction, preposition
Before can be used in the following ways: - as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): Think carefully before you choose. - as a preposition (followed by a noun): We moved to London before the war. - as an adverb (without a following noun): I'd met him once before.1) earlier than somethinga) earlier than a particular time, event, or action
I went for a run before breakfast.
The others had got there before us.
Won't you have another drink before you go?
I joined the police in 1999. Before that I was in the army.before doing something:
Two weeks before the election the first reports of the scandal began to appear.
You should seek legal advice before signing anything.b) at a time in the past
Haven't we met before somewhere?
Never before in modern history has one nation dominated the world so completely.c) used for saying how much time passes until something happens
Several years went by before I realized that David had lied to me.2) when something is prevented used for saying that something happens which prevents someone from doing what they intended
Before I could think of a reply she walked away.3) spoken used in warnings or threats used for warning someone that something bad may happen unless they do something
Clean up that mess before your father sees it.
You'd better go away before I lose my temper.4) for someone to consider or watcha) formal used for saying that something or someone is judged or considered by a group of people
The case went before a grand jury on December 17th.
The question before us is whether we should allow a foreign government to control our commerce.b) formal used for saying that something is happening where people can watch it
The team scored an impressive victory before 76,000 fans at Arrowhead Stadium.5) in front of or earlier than someonesomethinga) if one place is before another place on your journey, you come to it first
A few miles before the border we were stopped at an army checkpoint.
Our house is just before you get to the end of the road.b) formal in front of someone or something
Lawrence knelt before the king.
Before the temple gate stood a bronze statue of Buddha.c) used for saying that something is placed earlier than something else in a list or series
The names are in alphabetical order, so "Barnes" should come before "Brown".6) formal in the future used when saying what will happen in someone's future
A promising career stretched out before him.
You're still young – you have your whole life before you.•
the day/week/weekend etc before— the previous day/week/weekend etc
She mentioned a TV programme she'd seen the night before.
the day before yesterday/the week before last etc— two days/weeks etc ago
Curry joined the team the season before last.See:ago
English dictionary. 2014.