Definition of beforehand in English:


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  • Before an action or event; in advance.

    ‘rooms must be booked beforehand’
    • ‘I don't recall people being asked beforehand if these events were wanted in the first place.’
    • ‘But the seats had been booked up beforehand, and most of them weren't going to get in.’
    • ‘Sensing it might be busy, I took the precaution of ringing beforehand to book a table.’
    • ‘The glaze can be made beforehand and will keep for a week or more in the fridge.’
    • ‘Each walk has a different leader, is well organised beforehand and lasts between an hour and an hour and half.’
    • ‘You have all those dreams beforehand and then something always goes wrong.’
    • ‘So, when I go by plane, I'm careful not to eat too much beforehand, to make space for a tasty meal.’
    • ‘Because it is a large order I called the owner of the shop beforehand to find out whether or not the chicken was in stock.’
    • ‘I was nervous beforehand, but I walked up to you and you smiled at me and that totally settled my nerves.’
    • ‘Adam and I had a bit of time to waste beforehand, so we just walked up and down Newtown for a while.’
    • ‘Finally, have your bags packed a day or two beforehand, having checked everything is in order.’
    • ‘But make sure you clean your teeth beforehand or have some chewing gum or a drink.’
    • ‘Unless you've been fully briefed beforehand, you haven't a clue what they expect of you.’
    • ‘There was a meal prepared under the direction of the famous chef, and he addressed us beforehand.’
    • ‘In future, only community groups who make appointments beforehand will be allowed in.’
    • ‘It was clear to me beforehand that there had been quite a few changes made.’
    • ‘They had been advising stores to remove affected products for several days beforehand.’
    • ‘We were warned beforehand that more than half of the time would be spent on the road.’
    • ‘A blank version of my presentation will be going up just beforehand for people to make notes.’
    • ‘Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash or who saw the motorcycle beforehand.’
    in advance, in readiness, ahead of time
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/bəˈfôrˌhand/ /bəˈfɔrˌhænd/


    be beforehand with
    • Anticipate or forestall.

      ‘he discovered Ash had been beforehand with him’
      • ‘Wherefore the monarchy and hierarchy will be beforehand with it, if they see their true interest.’
      • ‘I cut up along behind the hedge to be beforehand with you.’
      • ‘The insurgents entered the City by Lud Gate; but the Government had been beforehand with them.’
      • ‘He tried to get the facts out of Susan, who he was sure would know, but Charlotte had been beforehand with him.’
      • ‘A little later he returns, and then as likely as not his terms are accepted, unless another has been beforehand with him and bought the lot.’


Middle English (originally as two words): from before+ hand; probably influenced by Old French avant main.