from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Earlier in time: They called me the day before.
- adv. In front; ahead.
- prep. Previous to in time; earlier than.
- prep. In front of.
- prep. In store for; awaiting: The young man's whole life lies before him.
- prep. Into or in the presence of: She asked that the visitor be brought before her.
- prep. Under the consideration or jurisdiction of: The case is now before the court.
- prep. In a position superior to: The prince is before his brother in the line of succession.
- conj. In advance of the time when: See me before you leave.
- conj. Rather than; sooner than: I will die before I will betray my country.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- prep. Earlier than (in time).
- prep. In front of in space.
- prep. Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).
- prep. In store for, in the future of (someone).
- prep. In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.
- prep. At a higher or greater position in a subjective ranking.
- adv. at an earlier time
- adv. in advance
- conj. in advance of the time when
- conj. rather or sooner than
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of.
- prep. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that.
- prep. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time.
- prep. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than.
- prep. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing.
- prep. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of.
- prep. Open for; free of access to; in the power of.
- adv. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to
in the rear.
- adv. In advance.
- adv. In time past; previously; already.
- adv. Earlier; sooner than; until then.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In front; on the anterior or fore side; on the side opposite the back; in a position or at a point in advance; ahead.
- In time preceding; previously; formerly; already.
- In front of, in time or position; on the anterior or fore side of; in a position or at a point in advance of: as, a happy future lies before you; before the house; before the fire.
- In presence of; in sight of; under the cognizance, jurisdiction, or consideration of.
- In precedence of; in advance of, as regards rank, condition, development, etc.
- In preference to; rather than.
- Anterior to in time; previous to: as, I shall return before six o'clock.
- Under the action, influence, or power of.
- Figuratively and colloquially, in prosperous circumstances; out of debt or difficulty.
- Previous to the time when: formerly sometimes followed by that.
- Sooner than; rather than.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. at or in the front
- adv. earlier in time; previously
Middle English bifore, from Old English beforan; see per1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English (adverb and preposition), from Old English beforan, itself from be- + foran 'before' (from fore) (Wiktionary)