Meaning of “previously” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"previously" in British English

See all translations

previouslyadverb

uk /ˈpriː.vi.əs.li/ us /ˈpriː.vi.əs.li/

B1 before the present time or the time referred to:

She was previously employed as a tour guide.
I had posted the card two months previously.

More examples

  • This information was previously unavailable to the public.
  • Has anything similar happened previously, or is this the first time he has behaved like this?
  • Factions previously at war with one another are now united against the common enemy.
  • The album includes four previously unreleased tracks.
  • About 23% of men and women aged 25 to 34 told researchers they had previously cohabited with a partner without it leading to marriage.

(Definition of “previously” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)