tofore

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tofore, from Old English tōforan (in front of), from (to) + foran (front, fore-part, n.), dative case of fora (front). Compare Dutch tevoren (previously), German zuvor (before, previously). More at to, fore.

Preposition[edit]

tofore

  1. (obsolete) Before.

Adverb[edit]

tofore (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Before.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus:
      Farewell, Lavinia, my noble sister ; O would thou wert as thou tofore hast been!

Conjunction[edit]

tofore

  1. (obsolete) Before.

Anagrams[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English tōforan.

Adverb[edit]

tofore

  1. In front, ahead; in the first position in a sequence.
  2. At a prior time; beforehand, earlier.
  3. (in texts) Found above; found in a prior section.

Preposition[edit]

tofore

  1. In front of.
  2. Closer than something (with reference to the speaker).
  3. In the presence of; before.
  4. Earlier than; prior to.
  5. To a degree greater than; moreso than.

Conjunction[edit]

tofore

  1. Indicates that the antecedent clause occurred before the consequent clause in time.
    • Sir Thomas Malory
      Never sith myght he be heled, ne nought shal tofore we come to hym.

Usage notes[edit]

  • As a conjunction, tofore is often paired with þat.

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