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

  • adv. Up to the present time; before this; previously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Prior to now, until now, up to the present time; from the origin to this point.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Up to this time; hitherto; before; in time past.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Before this time; formerly; up to this time.

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

  • adv. used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time


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

Middle English : here, here; see here + tofore, previously (from Old English tōforan : , to; see to + foran, before from fore; see fore).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to here ("here") + toforn ("before"), from Old English toforan ("before"). More at here, tofore.


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