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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
before conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (at an earlier time than)  (stesso soggetto)prima di cong
   (soggetto diverso)prima che cong
 He could drive a car before he learned how to ride a bike. Come and say goodbye before you go.
 Sapeva guidare la macchina prima di imparare ad andare in bicicletta.
  Sapeva guidare la macchina prima che io imparassi ad andare in bicicletta!Questa frase non è una traduzione della frase inglese.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (earlier than)prima di prep
 You should finish your homework before dinner.
 Dovresti finire i compiti prima di cena.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (preceding in order)prima di prep
 The letter 'b' comes before the letter 'c'.
 La lettera "b" viene prima della lettera "c".
before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in the past)prima avv
 Have you been here before?
 Sei mai stato qui prima?
before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (earlier, sooner)prima avv
 She arrived yesterday, but her parents arrived the day before.
 Lei è arrivata ieri, ma i suoi genitori sono arrivati il giorno prima.
 
Additional Translations
before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (ahead, in front)prima avv
 You go before and I'll follow.
 Vai prima tu, io ti seguo.
before conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (rather than)piuttosto che cong
 I would die before I would criticize her.
 Morirei piuttosto che criticarla.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in front of)di fronte a prep
 He stood before the crowd and raised his arms.
 Si mise in piedi di fronte alla folla e alzò le braccia.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (awaiting, in future)davanti a prep
 She has her whole career before her.
 Lei ha tutta una carriera davanti a sé.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (rather than)piuttosto che prep
 Personally, I'd eat pizza before caviar or truffles.
 Personalmente, io mangerei la pizza piuttosto che il caviale o i tartufi.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (preceding in rank)prima di prep
 Aces come before kings in this game.
 Gli assi vengono prima dei re in questo gioco.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." formal (in sight of)davanti a prep
 They performed an open-air concert before a huge audience.
 Hanno dato un concerto all'aperto davanti a un enorme pubblico.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in the jurisdiction of)davanti a prep
 His case was brought before the International Court of Justice.
 Il suo caso è stato portato davanti al Tribunale Internazionale di Giustizia.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in the face of)di fronte a prep
  davanti prep
 He always backs out before a difficult task.
 Lui si tira sempre indietro di fronte ad un compito difficile.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in the presence of and answering to)davanti a prep
  al cospetto
 Before God I declare that I will always tell the truth.
 Davanti a Dio io dichiaro che dirò sempre la verità.
before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (without considering)escluso agg
 Their earnings before tax have doubled this year.
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WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2014:

Compound Forms/Forme composte
before all prima di tutto
before an audience advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in front of people)davanti alla folla
 I hate speaking before an audience; I get stage fright and stammer over my words.
 Il premier parlò davanti alla folla festante.
  in pubblico
 Per la prima volta si esibirà in pubblico.
  davanti a un pubblico, di fronte a un pubblico
 Fece la sua dichiarazione davanti a un pubblico di trenta persone.
Before Christ advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (dates: B.C.)  (Date: a.C.)Avanti Cristo
before its time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (prematurely)prematuramente avv
before its time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (precociously)precocemente avv
before long advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (soon)in breve tempo, tra breve, a breve avv
 Spring should be coming before long.
 La primavera arriverà tra breve.
  a breve adv
 Non é qui ma dovrebbe arrivare a breve.
before noon advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in advance of midday)prima di mezzogiorno
 I'll take my walk before noon so I'll be home in time for lunch. I hope you can arrive before noon.
 Farò la mia passeggiata prima di mezzogiorno così torno a casa in tempo per il pranzo. Spero che possiate arrivare prima di mezzogiorno.
before now advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (previously)prima d'ora, prima adv
 Before now, I had never really been in love!
 Non ero mai stato innamorato veramente prima d'ora.
before that advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (prior to a given occasion)prima avv
 I started wearing glasses a couple of years ago; before that I wore contact lenses for 40 years.
 Ho iniziato a usare gli occhiali un paio di anni fa; prima ho portato le lenti a contatto per quarant'anni.
before the court advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in front of a tribunal)davanti al giudice
 I'm going to testify before the court on Wednesday.
 L'accusato risponderà dei suoi crimini davanti al giudice.
  in tribunale
before the fact advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (beforehand)in anticipo avv
before the Flood advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." figurative (long ago)  (figurato: tanto tempo fa)quando Berta filava
   (figurato: tanto tempo fa)dai tempi di Noè
 La macchina di Luigi è vecchissima, ce l'ha dai tempi di Noè.
before the House la nuova proposta di legge e' all'esame della Camera
before the judge advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in court)in tribunale
 La questione verrà risolta in tribunale.
before the judge advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in front of a magistrate for sentencing)davanti al giudice
 Il procedimento si svolgerà davanti al giudice di pace.
before the mast come marinaio semplice
before the wind con vento a favore
before you know it exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." informal (rapidly, soon)prima che uno se lo aspetti avv
 Christmas will be here before you know it.
 Natale arriva prima che uno se l'aspetti.
before your eyes,
right before your eyes,
before your very eyes
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(right in front of you)davanti agli occhi avv
 His father was murdered right before his eyes.
 Suo padre fu ucciso davanti ai suoi occhi.
before your time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (before your birth)prima che tu nascessi, prima della tua nascita
 I remember the day President Kennedy was shot -- but that's before your time.
 Mi ricordo di quando Kennedy fu ucciso, era ancora prima della tua nascita.
before your time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (before your involvement)prima che tu arrivassi, prima del tuo arrivo
 He used to be Managing Director here, but that was a few years before your time.
 Era l'amministratore delegato qui da noi, ma era alcuni anni prima del tuo arrivo.
before your very eyes proprio davanti ai tuoi occhi
before-known conosciuto in precedenza adj
before-mentioned   (menzionato precedentemente)summenzionato adj
before-said suddetto adj
before-thought prima considerato adj
before-written   (sopra indicato, scritto precedentemente)suscritto adj
best before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (warning on food packaging)  (su prodotti alimentari)da consumarsi preferibilmente entro
 Milk is best before the expiration date.
 Il latte è da consumarsi preferibilmente entro la data di scadenza.
bow down before [sb] vi phrasal + prep literal (bow in deference to)inchinarsi davanti a qlcn v rif
  fare l'inchino davanti a qlcn vtr
 It is customary to bow down before the Emperor of Japan.
 È uso inchinarsi davanti all'Imperatore del Giappone.
bow down before [sb] vi phrasal + prep figurative (show deference to)  (figurato)inchinarsi davanti a qlcn v rif
 He is so arrogant, the thinks everyone should bow down before him.
 È così pieno di sé che pensa che tutti debbano inchinarsi davanti a lui.
bring [sb] before [sb],
bring [sth] before [sb]
vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
(take to: court)portare qlcn dinanzi a qlcs vtr
 The Senator was brought before the High Court on charges of racketeering.
 Il senatore è stato portato dinanzi all'Alta Corte con l'accusa di associazione a delinquere.
calm before the storm nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (quiet period before [sth] turbulent)la quiete prima della tempesta nf
 Mary's much too quiet. I fear it's the calm before the storm.
 Mary è troppo tranquilla. Ho paura che si tratti della quiete prima della tempesta.
come before [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (precede)precedere vtr
  venire prima di vi
 The number 2 comes before 3, and 4 comes before 5.
 Il numero 2 precede il 3, il 4 precede il 5.
come before [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] figurative (be more important than)  (figurato)venir prima di qlcs vi
  essere prioritario vi
  avere la priorità su qlcs vtr
 The welfare of my family comes before anything else.
 Il benessere della mia famiglia viene prima di tutto il resto.
come before [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (appear in court)  (in tribunale)comparire vi
come before [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (appear in court)  (di fronte al giudice)comparire vi
day before nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (previous day)giorno precedente, giorno prima nm
ever before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (at any point previously)come mai in passato avv
 Women are choosing to stay single more than ever before.
get before arrivare primo; davanti a tutti
go before [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (precede)precedere vtr
  venire prima di vi
 The travel guides go before the tourist group.
 La guida turistica precedeva il gruppo di turisti.
go before vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (exist previously)essere antecedente vi
  precedere vtr
  esserci prima di vi
go before the bar v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (appear in court)  (figurato, informale)andare alla sbarra vi
 The prosecutor in the Smith case will go before the bar on ethics charges.
  comparire in giudizio vi
 Il pubblico ministero del caso Smith comparirà in giudizio per accuse legate all'etica.
just before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (a moment prior to)subito prima di cong
 I like to have a hot bath just before I go to bed.
 Mi piace fare un bagno caldo subito prima di andare a letto.
kneel before [sb/sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (genuflect to: as a sign of respect)inginocchiarsi davanti a v rif
 You must kneel before the king.
 Dovete inginocchiarvi davanti al re.
lay before   (porre dinanzi)presentare v
leg before cricket rinunciare al turno perché la palla ha colpito una gamba del battitore
look before you leap interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" figurative (be aware of the risks involved in [sth])pensarci bene, pensarci due volte
 Thinking of investing in a new business? Look before you leap!
 Stai pensando di investire in un nuovo affare? Pensaci bene!
once before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (on one previous occasion)  (nel passato)una volta sola, solo una volta, un'altra volta
Pride comes before a fall interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (proverb)  (proverbio)l'orgoglio viene prima della caduta inter
Profit Before Tax nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (amount made prior to paying taxes)profitto netto nm
put before esporre a
put before sottoporre a
put [sth] before [sth] mettere qualcosa prima di qualcosa vtr
put the cart before the horse v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (act prematurely)  (figurato, idiomatico)mettere il carro davanti ai buoi vtr
 Sara insisted that having sex before marriage was like putting the cart before the horse.
 Sara insisteva a dire che fare sesso prima del matrimonio era come mettere il carro davanti ai buoi.
right before adv + prep (just prior to)subito prima di
 I'll see you right before the big meeting.
set [sth] before [sb] vtr + prep (place in front of)mettere di fronte a, mettere davanti a vtr
Nota: Often used in the passive.
 At about 3 months, a baby begins to focus its eyes on objects set before him. He set the plate of cookies before his mother.
 A circa tre mesi, i bambini cominciano a focalizzare lo sguardo sugli oggetti che vengono messi loro di fronte. Mise il piatto di biscotti di fronte a sua madre.
the day before nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a day earlier, the previous day)giorno prima, giorno precedente nm
the day before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (a day earlier, on the previous day)il giorno prima, il giorno precedente
the day before yesterday nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (two days ago)l'altro ieri
  ieri l'altro
 The day before yesterday was my birthday.
 L'altro ieri era il mio compleanno.
the day before yesterday advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (two days ago)l'altro ieri
 I haven't seen him since the day before yesterday.
 Non lo vedo dall'altro ieri.
the night before nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (previous night or evening)la notte scorsa nf
the night before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (on the previous night or evening)ieri notte, una notte fa
the week before last nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (the week prior to last week)due settimane fa
the week before last advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in the week prior to last week)due settimane fa
two days before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (two days prior to)due giorni prima di prep
 Unfortunately, the hurricane struck two days before their wedding.
 Purtroppo l'uragano arrivò due giorni prima del loro matrimonio.
two days before advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (two days earlier)due giorni prima
 I was waiting for her when she arrived, having got there two days before.
 Ero ad aspettarla al suo arrivo visto che io ero già arrivato due giorni prima.
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