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English definition of “prior”

prior

adjective
 
 
/praɪər/ formal
[always before noun] existing or happening before something else: The course requires no prior knowledge of Spanish.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind
prior to sth before a particular time or event: the weeks prior to her deathBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind
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