- 1happening or existing before the event or object that you are talking about synonym prior No previous experience is necessary for this job. The car has only had one previous owner. She is his daughter from a previous marriage. I was unable to attend because of a previous engagement. The judge will take into consideration any previous convictions. We dealt with this in a previous chapter. We had met on two previous occasions.
- 2immediately before the time you are talking about I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. I'd only seen him the previous day.
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NAmE//ˈpriviəs//[only before noun]
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preposition Previous to this, she'd always been well.