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Definition of before
BeforeBefore Be*fore", prep. [OE. beforen, biforen, before, AS.
beforan; pref. be- + foran, fore, before. See Be-, and
1. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand
before the fire; before the house.
His angel, who shall go Before them in a cloud and
pillar of fire. --Milton.
2. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior
to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of
purpose; in order that.
Before Abraham was, I am. --John viii.
Before this treatise can become of use, two points
are necessary. --Swift.
Note: Formerly before, in this sense, was followed by that.
``Before that Philip called thee . . . I saw thee.'
--John i. 48.
3. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time.
The golden age . . . is before us. --Carlyle.
4. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or
worth; rather than.
He that cometh after me is preferred before me.
--John i. 15.
The eldest son is before the younger in succession.
5. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing.
Abraham bowed down himself before the people. --Gen.
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord? --Micah vi.
6. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of.
If a suit be begun before an archdeacon. --Ayliffe.
7. Open for; free of access to; in the power of.
The world was all before them where to choose.
Before the mast (Naut.), as a common sailor, -- because the
sailors live in the forecastle, forward of the foremast.
Before the wind (Naut.), in the direction of the wind and
by its impulse; having the wind aft. BeforeBefore Be*fore", adv.
1. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the
front; -- opposed to in the rear.
The battle was before and behind. --2 Chron.
2. In advance. ``I come before to tell you.' --Shak.
3. In time past; previously; already.
You tell me, mother, what I knew before. --Dryden.
4. Earlier; sooner than; until then.
When the butt is out, we will drink water; not a
drop before. --Shak.
Note: Before is often used in self-explaining compounds; as,
before-cited, before-mentioned; beforesaid.
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