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No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
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English

Etymology

Old English beforan

Pronunciation

Preposition

before

  1. Earlier than (in time).
    I want this done before Monday.
  2. In front of in space.
    He stood before me.
  3. In front of, according to system of ordering items.
    In alphabetical order, "cat" comes before "dog".

Synonyms

  • (earlier than in time): by, no later than
  • (in front of in space): ahead of, in front of
  • (in front of according to an ordering system): ahead of

Antonyms

  • (earlier than in time): after, later than
  • (in front of in space): behind
  • (in front of according to an ordering system): after

Translations

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Adverb

before (not comparable)

Positive
before

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. at an earlier time
    I've never done this before.
  2. in advance

Synonyms

Translations

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Derived terms

Related terms

Conjunction

before

  1. in advance of the time when
  2. (informal) rather or sooner than

Synonyms

  • (rather than): lest

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