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[heer-tuh-fawr, -fohr] /ˌhɪər təˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr/

before this time; until now.
(formal) until now; before this time
(obsolete) previous; former
(archaic) the heretofore, the past

c.1200, from here + obsolete Old English toforan.


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  • Hereunder

    [heer-uhn-der] /hɪərˈʌn dər/ adverb 1. or below this; subsequent to this. 2. authority of this. /ˌhɪərˈʌndə/ adverb (formal) 1. (in documents, etc) below this; subsequently; hereafter 2. under the terms or authority of this early 15c., from here + under.

  • Hereunto

    [heer-too] /hɪərˈtu/ adverb 1. to this matter, document, subject, etc.; regarding this point: attached hereto; agreeable hereto. /ˌhɪərʌnˈtuː/ adverb 1. an archaic word for hereto (sense 1) /ˌhɪəˈtuː/ adverb 1. (formal) to this place, thing, matter, document, etc 2. an obsolete word for hitherto c.1500, from here + unto. late 12c., from here + to.

  • Hereupon

    [heer-uh-pon, -pawn] /ˌhɪər əˈpɒn, -ˈpɔn/ adverb 1. upon or on this. 2. immediately following this. /ˌhɪərəˈpɒn/ adverb 1. following immediately after this; at this stage 2. (formal) upon this thing, point, subject, etc late Old English, from here + upon.

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