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[uh-fawr, uh-fohr] /əˈfɔr, əˈfoʊr/
adverb, preposition, conjunction, Older Use.
Origin of afore
late Middle English
before 900; late Middle English; Middle English aforne, aforen, Old English on foran. See a-1, fore1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for afore


adverb, preposition, conjunction
an archaic or dialect word for before
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Word Origin and History for afore

Old English onforan "before, at the beginning of, in front of," from phrase on foran, from on (prep.) + foran (adv.) "in front," dative of for.

In some cases probably it represents Old English ætforan "at-fore." Once the literary equivalent of before, now it has mostly been replaced by that word except in nautical use and in combinations such as aforesaid and aforethought.

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