Synonyms of before in English:

before


See definition of before

preposition

1‘he locked all the doors before going to bed’

SYNONYMS

prior to, previous to, earlier than, preparatory to, in preparation for, preliminary to, in anticipation of, in expectation of

in advance of, ahead of, leading up to, on the eve of

rare anterior to

ANTONYMS

after

2‘he was ordered to appear before Sir Robert’

SYNONYMS

in front of, in the presence of, in the sight of

before the very eyes of, under the nose of

3‘he lived up to the tradition of death before dishonour’

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in preference to, rather than, sooner than, above, over, instead of


adverb

1‘she had never confided in anyone before’

SYNONYMS

previously, before now, before then, until now, until then, up to now, up to then

earlier, formerly, hitherto, in the past, in days gone by

rare heretofore

2‘a small party went on before’

SYNONYMS

ahead, in front, in advance, in the lead