[ UK /bɪfˈɔː/ ]
[ US /ˌbiˈfɔɹ, bɪˈfɔɹ/ ]
ADVERB
  1. at or in the front
    the road ahead is foggy
    we couldn't see over the heads of the people in front
    with the cross of Jesus marching on before
    I see the lights of a town ahead
    staring straight ahead
  2. earlier in time; previously
    I mentioned that problem earlier
    as I said before
    he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier
    her parents had died four years earlier
    I had known her before
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How To Use before In A Sentence

  • Ask for an aged standing rib roast from the forequarter, trimmed and chined; bring to room temperature before roasting.
  • Before that I was the sales manager with a Bombay consumer electricals company.
  • We had engaged a very nice mare and stanhope, which we knew we could depend upon, when, the day before the race, the chestnut was declared lame, and not a presentable four-legged animal was to be hired in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846
  • Before you know it, all the Sandy Clarks and Billy Starks doing the media rounds are back in business until the next time they are given their jotters for failing to meet fans' expectations.
  • Before Malfurion could ask who she meant, Tyrande brought the glaive up in a salute and murmured something in the hidden tongue of the Sisterhood. WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE
  • When Modin scored from the right circle to make it 3-0, it looked bleak for the Devils, who rallied from one-goal deficits twice before winning Game 2 in overtime. USATODAY.com - Tampa Bay creeps closer to New Jersey with 4-3 win
  • Before we did anything we wrote and rewrote the script until we felt what we had got written down was a really good story.
  • Police are anxious to trace two men seen leaving the house just before 8am.
  • By then, the town had been well-fortified and withstood a siege of nine weeks before the Mexicans were forced to surrender from starvation. Cinco de Mayo: What is everybody celebrating?
  • Add the toasted almond slivers and mix well before turning into the pastry case. Times, Sunday Times
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