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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEFORE

Come, before he comes to gibe us for having heeded a moment.

He had discovered years before that he was sometimes able thus to puzzle her momentarily.

Written years before, at the time of publication he was thirty-three.

Sit here, and we'll talk it over sensibly, before you get ready.

You have seen the Greek word "phone," which means the voice, before.

I can give you an hour, if you've anything to say before it's done—not longer.

But before you start to read let me explain what I intend to do.

You've come to torment us before the time; do cease this noise!

But the Egyptians heard of this and guarded the Jews more carefully than ever before.

Found the old horse-tracks, just before we camped, coming from eastward.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English beforan "before, in front of, in the presence of, in former times," from Proto-Germanic *bi- "by" + *forana "from the front," adverbial derivative of *fora (see for). Cf. Old Frisian bifara, Old Saxon biforan, Old High German bifora, German bevor. Contrasting before and after in illustrations is from Hogarth (1768). Before the mast in old sailing ships denoting "common sailor," is from the place of their berths, in front of the fore-mast.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BEFORE

ahead of

adjectivein front of
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