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before

Synonyms of before in English:

preposition

  • 1 he dressed up before going out
    prior to, previous to, earlier than, preparatory to, in preparation for, preliminary to, in anticipation of, in expectation of;
    in advance of, ahead of, leading up to, on the eve of
    rare anterior to
    [Antonyms] after
  • 2 he appeared before the judge
    in front of, in the presence of, in the sight of
  • 3 death before dishonor
    in preference to, rather than, sooner than
  • adverb

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  • 1 she has ridden before
    previously, before now/then, until now/then, up to now/then;
    earlier, formerly, hitherto, in the past, in days gone by
    formal heretofore
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    pre-, ante- forming words meaning ‘before in time, place, order, etc.,’ such as prearranged (‘arranged in advance’) and antenatal (‘before birth’)

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