Definition of prior to in English:

prior to


  • Before.

    ‘she visited me on the day prior to her death’
    • ‘He worked up to seven days a week and had never been in trouble prior to the incident.’
    • ‘He said that the back of the silver Rover had been clipped by the blue Mercedes prior to the collision.’
    • ‘In previous years, they ensured that the ragwort was pulled up prior to its seeding.’
    • ‘The mining industry had not been a major direct source of state revenue prior to the depression.’
    • ‘The concert was his last as he has resigned prior to becoming head of strings at Bedford School.’
    • ‘They complained that they had not been consulted properly by the council prior to the work.’
    • ‘Why are cameras not placed at frequent intervals on this road or, at the very least prior to a sharp bend?’
    • ‘We caught up with Ellis just prior to the release of the first issue and asked him, why Los Angeles?’
    • ‘Hamlet had no significant injury problems prior to their midweek match at Fleet Town.’
    • ‘He was in his eighties and had lived an active life as a farmer prior to his retirement.’
    • ‘In the weeks and months prior to his death, he took some steps to organise his financial affairs.’
    • ‘But today he said the pair had not made any plans for their wedding prior to their split.’
    • ‘It may be necessary to make arrangements for a banker's draft prior to the sale.’
    • ‘Mrs Scott had to spend two weeks in hospital, including a week prior to the Caesarian birth.’
    • ‘We saw the stables where the pit ponies were kept prior to going down the pit.’
    • ‘Informed consent was obtained from each individual prior to the beginning of the study.’
    • ‘The schools had the song sheets for a couple of months prior to the event to practice.’
    • ‘There will also be a temporary away seating area constructed prior to the start of the new season.’
    • ‘Nor is he the sort of method actor who immerses himself in a role for months prior to shooting.’
    • ‘When he was spoken to several days later, he denied that he had been drinking prior to the crash.’
    before, until, till, up to, previous to, earlier than, preceding, leading up to, in advance of, ahead of, ante-, pre-
    anterior to
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