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Synonyms of before in English:


  • 1 he locked all the doors before going to bed
    prior to, previous to, earlier than, preparatory to, in preparation for, preliminary to, in anticipation of, in expectation of;
    [Antonyms] after
  • 2 he was ordered to appear before Sir Robert
    in front of, in the presence of, in the sight of;
    before the very eyes of, under the nose of
  • 3 he lived up to the tradition of death before dishonour
    in preference to, rather than, sooner than, above, over, instead of
  • adverb

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  • 1 she had never confided in anyone before
    previously, before now, before then, until now, until then, up to now, up to then;
    earlier, formerly, hitherto, in the past, in days gone by
    rare heretofore
  • 2 a small party went on before
    ahead, in front, in advance, in the lead
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    pre- related prefix, as in prewar, precede
    ante- related prefix, as in antenatal, ante-post
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