Definition of before
What does the word before mean?
part of speech: adverb
(1) Adv.: ahead (go b.); on the front (b. & behind); previous to time in question, already, in the past, (long b.). (2) Prep.: in front of (b. the mast, of common sailors berthed forward), ahead of; under the impulse of (b. the wind, recoil b., carry all b. you); in presence of (appear b. judge, bow b. authority; b. God =as God sees me; the question b. us); awaiting (world all b. them); earlier than (b. Christ, usu. abbr. B.C., appended to dates reckoned backwards from birth of Christ); this side the coming of (future event); farther on than; rather than (would die b. lying). (3) Conj.; previous to the time when; rather than (would die b. I lied). [old English]