Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Beforehand; in advance; in anticipation.
  • adj. Beforehand in condition; forehanded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Prepared; previously provided; -- opposed to behindhand.
  • adv. Beforehand; in anticipation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beforehand; in advance; in anticipation.
  • Beforehand in condition; forehanded: as, he is aforehand with the world.

Etymologies

From Middle English aforehande, equivalent to afore- +β€Ž hand. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You generally don't need to be paranoid about your money in Mexico but in the cantinas, especially after a couple hours of heavy drinking and petting the precautions you mentioned aforehand are a good idea.

    Monterrey Help Please

  • β€œThe United States does not torture,” the president, who, with full aforehand knowledge, had signed off on torture techniques, lied to an angry country and world.

    'Stand by me' - the Abu Ghraib bad apples

  • Harry, would take the trouble to recall to your mind past times and circumstances, and conclude with expressing a humble opinion, that if Harry Jekyl were asked now to do any service for the noble lord aforesaid, Harry had got his reward in his pocket aforehand.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Gandercleugh, the walls having been aforehand pronounced by Deacon

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • When the prosecution opened and the evidence was put short, aforehand, I noticed how heavy it all bore on me, and how light on him.

    Great Expectations

  • By several hints in your letters, it is impossible, my dear, that we can be aforehand with your incli-nations.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • We women, you know [let me for once be aforehand with my uncle] are very quick in making discoveries of this nature.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Yet there are but two years dif-ference in their age: and from sixteen to twenty β€” four, I believe, women are generally more than two years aforehand with the men in ripeness of under-standing; though, after that time, the men may ripen into a superiority.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Had I had twenty shillings aforehand in the world, I would, I think, have said Xo.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Mrs. Oldham is a sober, grave widow, a little aforehand, in the world, but not much; has lived well; understands house-hold management thoroughly; is diligent; and has a turn to serious things, which will make you like her the better.

    Pamela

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  • ...and so much VIGILANCE, so much apprehensiveness, that her fears are ever aforehand with her dangers.

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 14, 2007