beforehand also before-hand, early 13c., from BEFORE (Cf. before) + HAND (Cf. hand), 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.

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  • Beforehand — Be*fore hand , adv. [Before + hand.] [1913 Webster] 1. In a state of anticipation ore preoccupation; in advance; often followed by with. [1913 Webster] Agricola . . . resolves to be beforehand with the danger. Milton. [1913 Webster] The last… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beforehand — Be*fore hand , a. In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded. [1913 Webster] Rich and much beforehand. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beforehand — I adverb ahead of, already, antecedent to, as a precursor to, before now, earlier, early, in advance of, in anticipation, on the eve of, preparatory to, previous to, previously, prior to II index aforethought Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C.… …   Law dictionary

  • beforehand — *early, betimes, soon Antonyms: behindhand …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beforehand — [adj/adv] early advanced, ahead, ahead of time, already, ante, antecedently, before, before now, earlier, fore, in advance, in anticipation, precedently, precocious, previous, previously, sooner; concept 820 Ant. after, afterward, behind, later …   New thesaurus

  • beforehand — ► ADVERB ▪ in advance …   English terms dictionary

  • beforehand — [bē fôr′hand΄, bi fôr′hand΄] adv., adj. 1. ahead of time; in advance 2. in anticipation; exercising forethought …   English World dictionary

  • beforehand — [[t]bɪfɔ͟ː(r)hænd[/t]] ADV: usu ADV after v, also ADV with cl If you do something beforehand, you do it earlier than a particular event. How could she tell beforehand that I was going to go out?... Saunas can be hazardous if misused. Avoid a big… …   English dictionary

  • beforehand — /bi fawr hand , fohr /, adv., adj. in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time: We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report. [1175 1225; ME bifor hand. See BEFORE, HAND] * * * …   Universalium

  • beforehand — be|fore|hand S3 [bıˈfo:hænd US ˈfo:r ] adv before something else happens or is done ▪ The police need to be briefed beforehand on how to deal with this sort of situation. ▪ When you give a speech, it s natural to feel nervous beforehand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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