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English definition of “prior”
/praɪər/ adjective [before noun]
› existing or happening before something else: Operating earnings were $71 million, compared with a loss of $111 million in the prior year. Board members denied any prior knowledge of an executive compensation agreement. prior agreement/approval/consent Do not publish these figures without prior authorization from the Board. Applicants should have prior experience of the pharmaceutical sector.give/receive prior notice (of sth) According to the law, the finance ministry should have been given prior notice, which it did not get.
prior to (doing) sth › before something else: It is vital that boards, management, and shareholders fully appreciate the risks and rewards prior to any merger. She was vice president of business operations for three years prior to becoming commissioner.