Definition of prior to in English:

prior to

phrase

  • Before a particular time or event.

    ‘she visited me on the day prior to her death’
    • ‘We saw the stables where the pit ponies were kept prior to going down the pit.’
    • ‘Mrs Scott had to spend two weeks in hospital, including a week prior to the Caesarian birth.’
    • ‘But today he said the pair had not made any plans for their wedding prior to their split.’
    • ‘We caught up with Ellis just prior to the release of the first issue and asked him, why Los Angeles?’
    • ‘He was in his eighties and had lived an active life as a farmer prior to his retirement.’
    • ‘Why are cameras not placed at frequent intervals on this road or, at the very least prior to a sharp bend?’
    • ‘They complained that they had not been consulted properly by the council prior to the work.’
    • ‘It may be necessary to make arrangements for a banker's draft prior to the sale.’
    • ‘When he was spoken to several days later, he denied that he had been drinking prior to the crash.’
    • ‘Informed consent was obtained from each individual prior to the beginning of the study.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nor is he the sort of method actor who immerses himself in a role for months prior to shooting.’
    • ‘The schools had the song sheets for a couple of months prior to the event to practice.’
    • ‘The concert was his last as he has resigned prior to becoming head of strings at Bedford School.’
    • ‘In previous years, they ensured that the ragwort was pulled up prior to its seeding.’
    • ‘In the weeks and months prior to his death, he took some steps to organise his financial affairs.’
    • ‘Hamlet had no significant injury problems prior to their midweek match at Fleet Town.’
    • ‘There will also be a temporary away seating area constructed prior to the start of the new season.’
    • ‘The mining industry had not been a major direct source of state revenue prior to the depression.’
    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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