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[bih-fawr-hand, -fohr-] /bɪˈfɔrˌhænd, -ˈfoʊr-/
adverb, adjective
in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time:
We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report.
Origin of beforehand
1175-1225; Middle English bifor-hand. See before, hand Unabridged
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  • Buy a ticket online beforehand, or park your car in the line for the ferry, then dash out and buy your ticket in the office.
  • Anchor the frame by bolting or pour concrete piles beforehand as you would for any fence.
  • The players that don't play, they know it beforehand.
  • Pound this together with sixteen finely chopped hazelnuts, which you can toast or not beforehand.
  • But some of the students at those top programs admitted they hadn't done all that much reading beforehand.
  • It would all go much better if people could figure out a plan of action beforehand.
  • Another qualifying detail is the enormous bond they need to put up beforehand.
  • beforehand, the scan's computer portrays the brain's activity as a palette of fierce reds and rich yellows.
  • Moreover, this could have happened beforehand in other solar systems before ours formed.
  • As you might have guessed, they knew nothing about politics, so they didn't have their minds made up beforehand.
British Dictionary definitions for beforehand


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
early; in advance; in anticipation: she came an hour beforehand
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Word Origin and History for beforehand
adv., adj.

also before-hand, early 13c., from before + hand, which here is of uncertain signification, unless the original notion is payment in advance or something done before another's hand does it. Hyphenated from 18c., one word from 19c.

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