be·fore·hand /bɪˈforˌhænd, ˈfɔr-/
1. In a state of anticipation ore preoccupation; in advance; -- often followed by with.
Agricola . . . resolves to be beforehand with the danger. --Milton.
The last cited author has been beforehand with me. --Addison.
2. By way of preparation, or preliminary; previously; aforetime.
They may be taught beforehand the skill of speaking. --Hooker.
Be·fore·hand, a. In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
Rich and much beforehand. --Bacon.
adj : being ahead of time or need; "gave advance warning"; "was
beforehand with her report" [syn: advance(a), beforehand(p)]
adv : ahead of time; in anticipation; "when you pay ahead (or in
advance) you receive a discount"; "We like to plan
ahead"; "should have made reservations beforehand"
[syn: ahead, in advance]