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Before high school ended, I started applying to college. It really wasn't even a choice because of the brainwashing of my parents.
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Meaning of "before" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BEFORE

Old English beforan; related to Old Frisian befara, Old High German bifora.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BEFORE

before  [bɪˈfɔː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BEFORE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Before can act as an adverb, a preposition and a conjunction.
The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

The preposition is an invariable grammatical category, that has no meaning itself and which serves to link or relate terms.

The conjunction is an invariable grammatical category used to join together words and sentences.

WHAT DOES BEFORE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Before

Before is the opposite of after. It may refer to: ▪ Before by Gold Panda. ▪ "Before" by the Pet Shop Boys. ▪ "Before" by Gael Baudino.

Definition of before in the English dictionary

The first definition of before in the dictionary is earlier than the time when. Other definition of before is rather than. Before is also preceding in space or time; in front of; ahead of.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BEFORE


afore
əˈfɔː
E334
ˌiːθriːθriːˈfɔː
four-four
ˈfɔːˈfɔː
guffaw
ɡʌˈfɔː
hereinbefore
ˌhɪərɪnbɪˈfɔː
heretofore
ˌhɪətʊˈfɔː
therefor
ˌðɛəˈfɔː
thereinbefore
ˌðɛərɪnbɪˈfɔː
theretofore
ˌðɛətʊˈfɔː
three-four
ˌθriːˈfɔː
tofore
təˈfɔː
what-for
ˌwɒtˈfɔː

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BEFORE

beflower
beflum
befoam
befog
befogged
befogging
befool
before long
before one´s time
before the fact
before the mast
before you could say Jack Robinson
before-and-after test
before-tax
beforehand
beforetime
befortune
befoul
befouler
befoulment

WORDS THAT END LIKE BEFORE

anymore
Baltimore
convenience store
core
encore
explore
fore
hardcore
Moore
more
ore
pinafore
score
Singapore
store
the heretofore
therefore
to the fore
what is more
wherefore

Synonyms and antonyms of before in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BEFORE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «before» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of before

Translation of «before» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BEFORE

Find out the translation of before to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of before from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «before» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

以前
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

antes
570 millions of speakers

English

before
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पहले
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قَبْلَ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

прежде
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

antes
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আগে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

avant
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sebelum ini
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

davor
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

以前に
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

앞에
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

sak durunge
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trước
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पूर्वी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

önce
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

prima
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wcześniej
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

раніше
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

înainte
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προηγουμένως
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

voor
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

före
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

før
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of before

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BEFORE»

The term «before» is very widely used and occupies the 609 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BEFORE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «before» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «before» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about before

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10 QUOTES WITH «BEFORE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word before.
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Christina Aguilera
I always wanted to have my own album released before I graduated from high school.
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Tatyana Ali
Before high school ended, I started applying to college. It really wasn't even a choice because of the brainwashing of my parents.
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Neal Asher
With fantasy, one often has to think of a well-loved series before narrowing the selection to a favourite book. So it is with Zelazny. I've read his 'Princes in Amber' books so often, I know them almost verbatim, so much so that I am now trying to forget them so I can return to them with renewed pleasure.
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Michael Baden
That was after Napoleon died because there is still a controversy as to whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic. And the French say the British did it and the British say the French did it, but he died before the test for arsenic was available.
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Seth Berkley
I wish we could have state-of-the-art hospitals in every corner of the earth... but realistically, it's going to be a while before that can happen. But we can immunise every kid on earth, and we can prevent these diseases. It's only a matter of political will, a little bit of money and some systems to do it.
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Scotty Bowman
I knew your father before you did, and I don't think he'd be too proud of what you're doing right now.
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Elliott Carter
My entire life has really revolved around music that was written about the time that I was born, 1908, to just before the First World War and shortly after it. This music I've always known, and it is that music that's most important to me.
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Kevin Chamberlin
I think whatever art form you're in, whether TV, film or theater, you should know the history of who came before you and how the art form has changed or not changed and to learn from the greats.
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Malcolm de Chazal
Animals awaken, first facially, then bodily. Men's bodies wake before their faces do. The animal sleeps within its body, man sleeps with his body in his mind.
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Roscoe Conkling
The election before us will be the Austerlitz of American politics.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BEFORE»

Discover the use of before in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to before and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350
"First published in 1989 ... First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 1991"--T.p. verso.
Janet L. Abu-Lughod, 1991
2
Before You Say I Do: Important Questions for Couples to Ask ...
A pastor and relationship counselor offers an updated marriage preparation guide that devotes individual chapters to the various topics that couples should discuss together before taking the big step, such as life histories, hopes for the ...
Todd Outcalt, 2006
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Before You Leap: A Frog's-eye View of Life's Greatest Lessons
Kermit shares his life lessons, in a collection of wit and wisdom about such milestones as growing up, leaving home, starting a career, and falling in love.
Kermit the Frog, 2006
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Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before ...
Over a span of five years, [the authors] talked in-depth with 162 low-income single moms ... to learn how they think about marriage and family. [This book] offers an intimate look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and ...
Kathryn Edin, Maria Kefalas, 2005
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Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
This catalogue is published in conjunction with Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from October 11, 2012, through January 27, 2013; at The National Gallery of Art, ...
Mia Fineman, 2012
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Before the Crash: Early Video Game History
Contributors examine the early days of video game history before the industry crash of 1983 that ended the medium’s golden age.
Mark J. P. Wolf, 2012
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Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach ...
Ian Dunbar offers a step-by-step approach to training your puppy.
Ian Dunbar, 2009
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War Before Civilization
Offering a devastating rebuttal to the comfortable myth that prehistoric warfare was rare, harmless, and unimportant, Lawrence H. Keeley's groundbreaking "War Before Civilization" debunks the notion that warfare was introduced to primitive ...
Lawrence H. Keeley, 1997
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Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects
Concise and richly illustrated, this popular book delivers the embryology knowledge you need in a highly efficient, reader-friendly manner.
Keith L. Moore, T. V. N. Persaud, Mark G. Torchia, 2011
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1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler's Lifelist
Describes essential places to see from around the world, offering information on what to find at each spot and the best time to visit.
Patricia Schultz, 2003

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BEFORE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term before is used in the context of the following news items.
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Student activists in Thailand go before military court
BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday in a case that has attracted ... «STLtoday.com, Jul 15»
2
Bill Cosby said in '05 he gave drugs to women before sex
Bill Cosby acknowledged in a 2005 court deposition that he intended to give drugs to young women with whom he wanted to have sex. Cosby's ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
3
Dramatic wedding photo captures stormy moment before Calgary …
As Owen Chan and Helen Knight gazed lovingly into each other's eyes on Saturday, it was the calm before the storm. A massive, summer ... «CBC.ca, Jul 15»
4
Old before your time? People age at wildly different rates, study …
“Even before they develop age-related diseases, their physiology shows signs, and there is great variation in how fast people ageed in the past ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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Before Radios, Pilots Navigated by Giant Concrete Arrows
Across the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, lies a network of mostly forgotten infrastructure, a system that was obsolete before it ... «Atlas Obscura, Jul 15»
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McCormick says state may consider road debt before new road tax
Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick says the state may consider new road debt before it increases road taxes. And he says ... «Chattanooga Times Free Press, Jul 15»
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Pope Francis Addresses Hundreds of Thousands in Ecuador
Pope Francis said the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, which he noted would take place just before the opening of a special “year ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
8
NAACP plans events before march
Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, discusses the report card of local legislators during a community service meeting ... «Winston-Salem Journal, Jul 15»
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Labor urges intellectual property review before TPP deal
Labor trade spokeswoman Senator Penny Wong wants the Productivity Commission to review intellectual property rights before Australia signs ... «The Australian Financial Review, Jul 15»
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Russell Wilson & Ciara -- No Sex Before Marriage ... 'Pray for Us'
Russell Wilson is literally practicing what he preaches ... saying that he and his super fine pop superstar GF Ciara aren't doing the horizontal ... «TMZ.com, Jul 15»

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