before /bɪˈfɔːr/ preposition
EARLIER › earlier than something or someone: a week before Christmas She arrived before me. [+ doing sth] Think hard before accepting the offer.
IN FRONT OF › in a position in front of someone or something: I've never performed this before an audience. He stood before her, shaking.
PLACE › at a place that you arrive at first when travelling towards another place: The hospital is just before the bridge.
IN ORDER › in front of someone or something in an order or a list: P comes before Q in the alphabet.
IMPORTANCE › treated as more important than someone or something: They always put the children's needs before their own.
EXAMINATION › being formally examined or considered by a group: the proposal before the committee He appeared before the court dressed in jeans.