Before

Be*fore"

, adv. 1. On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to in the rear.
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The battle was before and behind.
2 Chron. xiii. 14.
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2. In advance. "I come before to tell you." Shak.
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3. In time past; previously; already.
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You tell me, mother, what I knew before.
Dryden.
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4. Earlier; sooner than; until then.
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When the butt is out, we will drink water; not a drop before.
Shak.
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Before is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, before-cited, before-mentioned; beforesaid.
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