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before

Pronunciation: /bɪˈfɔːr; bɪˈfɔː(r)/

Translation of before in Spanish:

preposition/preposición

  • 1 (preceding in time) antes de I won't be back before three/midday no estaré de vuelta antes de las tres/de(l) mediodía before dinner/the game antes de la cena/del partido before long dentro de poco they arrived before us llegaron antes que nosotros excuse me, I was before you lo siento, yo estaba antes (que usted) or delante de usted or [criticized usage/uso criticado] delante suyo before going in antes de entrar ten minutes before the end of the game diez minutos antes de que terminara el partido the day before her departure el día anterior a su partida in the days before electricity cuando no había electricidad turn right just before the bridge tuerce or dobla a la derecha justo antes del puente
  • 2 2.1 (in front of) delante de, ante [formal] before the assembled guests delante de los invitados he is due to appear before the court next week debe comparecer ante los tribunales la semana próxima [formal] the matter comes before the committee today el tema va a ser tratado hoy por la comisión I swear before God that … juro ante Dios que … [formal] they swept all before them arrasaron con todo lo que encontraron a su paso the difficulties that still lay before him las dificultades que aún tenía por delante 2.2 (in rank, priority) she puts her work before her family antepone el trabajo a su familia safety comes before anything else la seguridad (está) ante todo

conjunction/conjunción

  • 1.1 (earlier than) antes de que (followed by subjunctive/seguido por subjuntivo), antes de (followed by infinitive/seguido por infinitivo) before it gets dark antes de que anochezca or de que se haga de noche before ironing it antes de plancharlo he died before he was 30 murió antes de cumplir los 30 años 1.2 (rather than) antes que she would die before … prefería morir antes que …

adverb/adverbio

  • 1.1 (preceding) antes long before mucho antes the day/year before el día/año anterior before and after antes y después have you been to Canada before? ¿ya has estado en el Canadá? this has never happened before esto no había sucedido nunca antes, es la primera vez que sucede esto not that page, the one before esa página no, la anterior 1.2 (ahead, in front) [archaic] adelante

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