Definition of previous in English:

previous

Line breaks: pre¦vi|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈpriːvɪəs
 
/

adjective

noun

[mass noun] British informal Back to top  
  • Previous convictions; a criminal record: he’s got previous—theft and wounding

Phrases

previous to

Before: the month previous to publication
More example sentences
  • The economic reality was that previous to that case, quite extended families had been living on these properties for a pittance.
  • ‘None of these 57 sites had any record of toxicity previous to 1988,’ he said.
  • On the pre-recorded show on Sunday night last, Christopher was picked previous to the show to be the member from the audience to perform just before the end.
Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin praevius 'going before' (from prae 'before' + via 'way') + -ous.

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