in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time:
We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report.
Someone had accidentally turned on the device hours beforehand, and by the time the meeting started, the batteries were dead.
Mohamed Mohamud Trial: Was He Tricked Into Terrorism? Winston Ross April 22, 2012
Cheap gas has also rendered government-preferred energy sources like solar even more uneconomic than they were beforehand.
David’s Bookclub: The New New Deal David Frum November 30, 2012
He had scouted out all the targets for Lashkar-e-Taiba in Mumbai in five visits to the city in the two years beforehand.
The Latest Al Qaeda Alarms Bruce Riedel October 2, 2010
And then, and only then—a few days beforehand—do they announce where and when the event is going to take place.
Obama Gets Lucky in South Carolina Primary Results Andrew Romano January 21, 2012
In the evening hours beforehand, Fountain had worked a normal shift in the bowels of the just-opened facility.
A Nuclear Meltdown Survivor Story Tony Doukopil March 16, 2011
I had only asked permission to take twelve men with me whose names had to be sent in beforehand.
The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
The remoulade sauce will be much better if made some hours beforehand.
The Cook’s Decameron: A Study in Taste: Mrs. W. G. Waters
It had been arranged for weeks beforehand, and the whole family were delighted with the novelty of the proposition.
Harper’s Young People, July 6, 1880 Various
The beds chosen for them are those that have been planted with Tulips the autumn beforehand.
The Mayflower, January, 1905 Various
You should never let any one wait, Gladys, unless I have told you beforehand.
The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
early; in advance; in anticipation: she came an hour beforehand
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.
formerly. Historical Examples Would you have believed that I was bribed, my prince, had it not chanced that you had heard of the sword from me beforetime? King Olaf’s Kinsman Charles Whistler He now takes his place in the Council, beforetime denied him. Pioneers of the Old South Mary Johnston We surmised that he found […]
to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully: a bird that befouls its own nest. Contemporary Examples Adolf Hitler, despite being the most evil force ever to befoul mankind, was also a kind and conscientious employer. Secrets of Nazi Secretaries Andrew Roberts August 29, 2011 Historical Examples You see I have put gloves on, that […]
- Be friend
to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak. verb (transitive) to be a friend to; assist; favour v. 1550s, from be- + friend (q.v.). Related: Befriended; befriending.
to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak. Contemporary Examples But whatever their private feeling, politicians have been keen to befriend a critical power-broker. Knives Out Against Murdoch William Underhill July 6, 2011 You too must befriend the stranger, for you were […]