Definition of beforehand in English:

beforehand

Syllabification: be·fore·hand
Pronunciation: /biˈfôrˌhand
 
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adverb

  • Before an action or event; in advance: rooms must be booked beforehand
    More example sentences
    • I don't recall people being asked beforehand if these events were wanted in the first place.
    • But the seats had been booked up beforehand, and most of them weren't going to get in.
    • Sensing it might be busy, I took the precaution of ringing beforehand to book a table.
    Synonyms
    in advance, ahead of time, in readiness; before, before now/then, earlier (on), previously, already, sooner

Phrases

be beforehand with

archaic Anticipate; forestall.
More example sentences
  • Wherefore the monarchy and hierarchy will be beforehand with it, if they see their true interest.
  • I cut up along behind the hedge to be beforehand with you.
  • The insurgents entered the City by Lud Gate; but the Government had been beforehand with them.

Origin

Middle English (originally as two words): from before + hand; probably influenced by Old French avant main.

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