Definition of beforehand adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɔːhænd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrhænd//
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earlier; before something else happens or is done two weeks/three days/a few hours beforehand I wish we'd known about it beforehand. He warned me beforehand what to expect. Word OriginMiddle English (originally as two words): from before + hand; probably influenced by Old French avant main.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beforehand