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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈfɔːhænd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈfɔɹhænd/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /bɪˈfo(ː)ɹhænd/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /bɪˈfoəhænd/
- Hyphenation: be‧fore‧hand
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beforehand (not comparable)
- At an earlier or preceding time.
- Will it be possible to have access to the room beforehand so that we can set up chairs?
at an earlier time
- (obsolete) In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
- (archaic, often followed by with) In a state of anticipation or preoccupation.
- April 6 1716, Joseph Addison, The Freeloader No. 31
- The last cited author has been beforehand with me.
- 1839, London Medical Gazette: Or, Journal of Practical Medicine
- […] the medical attendant ought to be rather beforehand with the symptoms of excitement, and to diminish the large quantity of wine before they appear.