Part of speech: adverb

In front; ahead; earlier.

Part of speech: preposition

In front of; ahead of; anterior to; in advance of; in preference to.

Part of speech: preposition

Face to face with; in the presence of.

Part of speech: conjunction

Rather than; sooner than.

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Usage examples "before":

  1. Why didn't you let on before as you could? - "Harding's luck", E. [Edith] Nesbit.
  2. He's done it before. - "Masterman and Son", W. J. Dawson.
  3. I never knew before what I am. - "The Associate Hermits", Frank R. Stockton.