Definition for before

preposition as in earlier than

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Example Sentences

Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.

In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.

Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.

Was there an investigation of people at DOJ before they arrived at that conclusion?

Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.

And he was gone, and out of sight on the swift galloping Benito, before Father Gaspara bethought himself.

Descending the Alps to the east or south into Piedmont, a new world lies around and before you.

Before Ripperda could unclasp his lips to reply, the stranger had opened the door, and passed through it like a gliding shadow.

Louis stood firm, though pale and respectful, before the resentful gaze of Elizabeth.

Babylas raised his pale face; he knew what was coming; it had come so many times before.


On this page you'll find 71 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to before, such as: ahead, back, previously, since, sooner, and afore.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.