from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In anticipation.
  • adv. In advance; early.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. At an earlier or preceding time.
  • adj. In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
  • adv. In a state of anticipation ore preoccupation; in advance; -- often followed by with.
  • adv. By way of preparation, or preliminary; previously; aforetime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anticipation; in advance.
  • Before there is time for anything to be done; before anything is done.
  • To be beforehand with, to anticipate; be in advance of; be prepared or ready for.
  • In good pecuniary circumstances; having enough to meet one's obligations and something over; forehanded: as, “rich and much beforehand,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. ahead of time; in anticipation
  • adj. being ahead of time or need


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