Definition of previous to in US English:

previous to


  • Before.

    ‘the month previous to publication’
    ‘he seemed to have been in good health previous to the fatal injury’
    • ‘I have no knowledge of any of the family previous to them.’
    • ‘Everything he'd written previous to that was pretty much doodling.’
    • ‘And just to rub salt into the wounds of those envious of her, previous to joining Irish Distillers she was on the tasting panel at Guinness.’
    • ‘On the pre-recorded show on Sunday night last, Christopher was picked previous to the show to be the member from the audience to perform just before the end.’
    • ‘Breeding records show that for four years previous to this, experts worried that the distinctive toad was extinct altogether in the area.’
    • ‘I just felt that, previous to the collection, I had been writing poems I didn't enjoy reading.’
    • ‘Perhaps the months previous to this blog reactivation are best summed up in one sentence.’
    • ‘I studied economics at the University of Victoria previous to my nursing education although I did not complete an undergraduate degree.’
    • ‘We know Kissinger spoke to Putin the week previous to the Bush-Putin mini summit.’
    • ‘A significantly milder statement was finally released, which supported the student protest previous to the occupation.’
    • ‘There had been bad cases of Blight in certain years from the late 1770's and for at least three years previous to 1847 the crop had been failing.’
    • ‘It indicates that there were two launches previous to Gagarin.’
    • ‘‘None of these 57 sites had any record of toxicity previous to 1988,’ he said.’
    • ‘The economic reality was that previous to that case, quite extended families had been living on these properties for a pittance.’
    • ‘She's encountered him several times previous to this, and despite her attempts to spread the magic fairy-dust, her attempts seemed to be in vain.’
    • ‘He was said to be a healthy 6 ft 5in tall man who suffered slightly from asthma but previous to this episode never had any suspicion he was allergic to wasp stings.’
    • ‘The Protestant Church had been built four years previous to this in 1818.’
    • ‘The skull was complete but for a recent break across the snout which is interpreted as being caused by mechanical dredging of the pond which occurred previous to the find.’
    • ‘MTV commissioned a bunch of tv graphics people to produce 3 seconds of video - and they could only see the three seconds previous to it.’
    • ‘And this was all in the middle of making dinner, for which I had been hungry for an hour and a half previous to the breakage.’
    before, prior to, until, till, up to, earlier than, preceding, leading up to, in advance of, ahead of, ante-, pre-
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