In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand before the fire; before the house.
Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of purpose; in order that.
An advance of; farther onward, in place or time.
Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or worth; rather than.
In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing.
Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of.
Open for; free of access to; in the power of.
On the fore part; in front, or in the direction of the front; -- opposed to in the rear.
In time past; previously; already.1
Earlier; sooner than; until then
earlier adv, ahead, in front