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Adverb: before  bi'for
  1. Earlier in time; previously
    "I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier";
    - earlier
  2. At or in the front
    "with the cross of Jesus marching on before";
    - ahead, in front
Preposition: before  bi'for
  1. Earlier than in time
    "before 2 o'clock"
  2. In front of; in sight of
    "before the judge"
Conjunction: before  bi'for
  1. Earlier in time than
    "see my son before I die";
    - ere [literary]

Encyclopedia: Before, Volume 1