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beforepreposition, conjunction, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /bɪˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr/
at or during a ​timeearlier than (the thing ​mentioned): I ​left early because I ​wanted to ​arrivehome before ​dark. Before making up ​yourmind, ​think about all ​youroptions. It was another ​halfhour before (= until) the ​ambulancefinallyarrived. Less than a ​week before, he’d ​graduated from ​college.
before last
Before last ​means before the most ​recent: Today is ​Monday, so the ​day before last was ​Saturday.

beforepreposition

 us   /bɪˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr/
  • before preposition (IN FRONT)

in ​front of: It took ​courage to ​stand before a ​courtroomfull of ​people.
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"before" in British English

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beforepreposition, adverb, conjunction

uk   /bɪˈfɔːr/  us   /bɪˈfɔːr/
A1 at or during a ​timeearlier than (the thing ​mentioned): You should always ​washyourhands before ​meals. Before leaving he said ​goodbye to each of them. She's always up before ​dawn. Before he could ​reach the ​door, she ​quicklyclosed it. Before we make a ​decision, does anyone ​want to say anything ​else? She had to give the ​doorman a ​tip before he would ​help her with her ​suitcases (= he would not do it until she had given him a ​tip).
B1 until (the ​eventmentioned): It was an ​hour before the ​policearrived.
A2 in the past: He said he had never ​seen her before. I ​feel as though I've been here before.

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beforepreposition

uk   /bɪˈfɔːr/  us   /bɪˈfɔːr/
B1 in ​front of: The ​letter K comes before L in the ​Englishalphabet. Many ​mothers put ​their children's ​needs before ​their own. We have the ​wholeweekend before us - what do you ​want to do? He ​stood up before a ​wholeroomful of ​people, and ​asked her to ​marry him.
A2 If a ​place is before another ​place, you will ​arrive at it first when you are ​travelling towards the second ​place: The ​busstop is just before the ​school.
If something is before someone or before a ​group of ​people, it will be ​formallyconsidered or ​examined by that ​person or ​group: The ​proposal before the ​committee is that we ​try and ​reduceourspending by ten ​percent. The men appeared before the ​judgeyesterday.

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