Definition of previously in English:



  • At a previous or earlier time; before.

    ‘museums and art galleries which had previously been open to the public’
    ‘they discovered a previously unknown gene’
    • ‘Windows has no memory of what was previously on screen before it was redrawn.’
    • ‘At best it can reveal creatures or habitats previously unknown within an area.’
    • ‘He has discovered a few previously unknown stars and made them into very good players.’
    • ‘You spoke previously about feeling yourself answerable to certain figures of the past.’
    • ‘It has happened before, of course, and previously even involved the teams in the top tier.’
    • ‘When a diagnosis is eventually reached, it is on the basis of a previously unknown mutation.’
    • ‘In fact, she was a former bankrupt who had previously been charged with insurance fraud.’
    • ‘People here do not know what previously locked doors they can push open, but they are trying to find out.’
    • ‘He had moved to New York about 3 months previously to do something with his film career.’
    • ‘What is being generated is largely a random sample of previously unknown archaeology.’
    • ‘Actually, if you had read the posts you commented on previously you should already know.’
    • ‘This already proved the world much older than had previously had been thought.’
    • ‘Having a previously unknown twin sister sneak into the picture would cause anyone to act up.’
    • ‘Their results confirm the suspicion that it is a previously unknown coronavirus.’
    • ‘She said she was planning a holiday before starting a year of previously arranged study leave.’
    • ‘He had entered the Open five times previously, but failed to qualify every time.’
    • ‘She had been burgled before and had previously challenged at least one of her intruders.’
    • ‘Lincoln Library is a vertitable god of libraries, not just because it was previously a church.’
    • ‘Caroline admits her training has opened her eyes to a world she was previously blind to.’
    • ‘The reason these new prophecies were previously unknown is that they never made the final cut.’
    formerly, earlier, earlier on, before, until now, until then, hitherto, once, at one time, in the past, in days gone by, in years gone by, in times gone by, in bygone days, in times past, in former times, time was when
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