Before in a sentence

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Definition of Before

  • In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house.
  • Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that.
  • An advance of; farther onward, in place or time.
  • Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than.
  • In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing.
  • Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of.
  • Open for; free of access to; in the power of.
  • On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to in the rear.
  • In advance.
  • In time past; previously; already.
  • Earlier; sooner than; until then.
  • earlier in time; previously
  • at or in the front

How to use before in a sentence. Before pronunciation.

Ay, and he would have it, because it pleased him to have it-like his father before him.
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He has scientific tricks like his father before him.
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I had but come back in time-a day later, and he would have sat here and seen me in the Pit below before giving way.
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And tell him who is beyond and away in Egypt that old Soolsby's busy making a chair for him to sit in when the scarlet cloth is spread, and the East and West come to salaam before him.
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There, hung to a tree by a deserted mosque near by, the body of one who was with them all an hour before, and who had paid the penalty for some real or imaginary crime; while his fellows blessed Allah that the storm had passed them by.
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A foreigner of this character they had never before seen, with coat buttoned up like an Egyptian official in the presence of his superior, and this wide, droll hat on his head.
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I'll bet a dollar you'll see them both to-night at the Palace-if Kaid doesn't throw them to the lions for their dinner before yours is served.
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Kaid might slay, might toss a pasha or a slave into the Nile now and then, might invite a Bey to visit him, and stroke his beard and call him brother and put diamond-dust in the coffee he drank, so that he died before two suns came and went again, "of inflammation and a natural death"; but he, Achmet Pasha, was the dark Inquisitor who tortured every day, for whose death all men prayed, and whom some would have slain, but that another worse than himself might succeed him.
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They realised that in the man who had just left the room with Kaid there were characteristics unlike those they had ever met before in Europeans.
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Before he could move forward or raise his arm, however, David struck him a blow in the neck which flung him upon a square marble pedestal intended for a statue.
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She had felt that she conquered before he spoke as, indeed, he did not speak, but nodded his head and murmured something indistinctly.
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Kaid entered, and stood before him in silence.
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The excited guests were now knocking at the doors of Cairene notables, bent upon gossip of the night's events, or were scouring the bazaars for ears into which to pour the tale of how David was exalted and Nahoum was brought low; how, before them all, Kaid had commanded Nahoum to appear at the Palace in the morning at eleven, and the Inglesi, as they had named David, at ten.
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There flashed before his mind the scene of death in which his own father had lain, butchered like a beast in the shambles, a victim to the rage of Ibrahim Pasha, the son of Mehemet Ali.
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If Kaid knew of this tonight, I should be a prisoner before cockcrow.
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Before the world knows I shall be in possession.
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All that is his shall be mine, for at once the men of law shall be summoned, and my inheritance secured before Kaid shall even know of his death.
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His feet were still free-free for one short hour before he went to Kaid; but his soul was in chains.
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The future spread clearly before him.
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If only there had been but one word of understanding between them before she left!
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Examples of Before

Example #1
A poor sparrow on a tree-top, if you tell him he must not have it, he will hunt it down the world till it is his, as though it was a bird of paradise.
Example #2
He laughed in a snarling way that made me shrink, and answered: "He wanted this and he wanted that-his high-handed, second-best lordship.
Example #3
Now is it astronomy, and now chemistry, and suchlike; and always it is the Eglington mind, which let God A'mighty make it as a favour.
Example #4
He came to snatch old Soolsby's palace, his nest on the hill, to use it for a telescope, or such whimsies.
Example #5
Possession's nine points were with me; and here I sat and faced him; and here he stormed, and would do this and should do that; and I went on with my work.
Example #6
It scared him, as though I was the devil himself, to find me here.