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before conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (previously)  (verbo all'infinito)prima di cong
   (verbo al congiuntivo)prima che cong
 He could drive a car before he learned how to ride a bike.
 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 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 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.
 
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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." (in sight of)davanti a prep
  al cospetto
 The queen asked that the duke to be brought before her.
 La regina chiese che il duca fosse portato davanti a lei.
 La regina chiese che il duca fosse portato al suo cospetto.
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 regard of)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.
 I suoi guadagni, tasse escluse, sono raddoppiati quest'anno.
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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 a un pubblico
 I hate speaking before an audience; I get stage fright and stammer over my words.
 Fece la sua dichiarazione davanti a un pubblico di trenta persone.
  davanti alla folla
 Il premier parlò davanti alla folla festante.
  in pubblico
 Per la prima volta si esibirà in pubblico.
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 avv
 Rome was founded in 753 B.C.
before everything prima di ogni cosa
before his eyes advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in front of him)davanti agli occhi avv
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 adv
 I'll take my walk before noon so I'll be home in time for lunch.
 I hope you can arrive before noon.
 Domani arriverò poco 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've never really been in love!
 Non ne avevo sentito parlare prima d'ora.
before one prima dell'una
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 di avv
before the bar alla sbarra
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 Fall advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (of overconfident person: about to fail)prima della caduta avv
before the Flood advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." figurative (very long ago)  (figurato: tanto tempo fa)quando Berta filava
   (figurato: tanto tempo fa)ai tempi di Noè
 La macchina di Luigi è vecchissima, ce l'ha dai tempi di Noè.
  antidiluviano adj
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 war prima della guerra
before the wind con vento a favore
before you know it advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (very rapidly, very soon)prima che uno se lo aspetti avv
before your eyes davanti ai tuoi occhi
before your time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (before your birth or involvement with [sth])prima che tu nascessi, prima della tua nascita
   (es. in un ruolo)prima che tu arrivassi, prima del tuo arrivo
 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)preferibilmente entro prep
Blood before water exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." figurative (Family relationships are the strongest)La famiglia prima di tutto.
bow down before vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." literal (bow in extreme deference to)inchinarsi davanti a, fare l'inchino davanti a vtr
 It is customary to bow down before the Emperor of Japan.
 Tutti si devono inchinare davanti alla regina
bow down before vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." figurative (show deference to)inchinarsi davanti a v rif
 He is so arrogant, the thinks everyone should bow down before him.
 Ha rinunciato a tutte le sue ricchezze per aiutare i poveri della città: non posso che inchinarmi davanti a tanta generosità.
bring before vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (take: to court)portare dinanzi vtr
 The Senator was brought before the High Court on charges of racketeering.
 Gli imputati furono portati dinanzi alla corte.
calm before the storm nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (quiet period that precedes [sth] turbulent)la quiete prima della tempesta nf
come before vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (precede)precedere vtr
come before vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be a higher priority than)venir prima vi
  essere prioritario
come before vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be considered by, present in court)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 viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (precede)precedere vtr
go before viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (exist previously)essere antecedente vi
go before the bar viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (law: appear for judgment)comparire in giudizio vi
 The prosecutor in the Smith case will go before the bar on ethics charges.
 È stato fermato alla frontiera per esportazione illegale di valuta e tra due mesi dovrà comparire in giudizio.
  andare alla sbarra vi
 Il direttore generale di quell'azienda andrà alla sbarra in quanto responsabile della bancarotta.
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] v (genuflect)inginocchiarsi di fronte a
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!" proverb (be aware of the risks involved in [sth])pensarci bene, pensarci due volte
 You need to look before you leap before investing in a new business.
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 figurative (act prematurely)  (figurato)mettere il carro davanti ai buoi vtr
 Sara insisted that having sex before marriage was like putting the cart before the horse.
right before preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (just prior to)subito prima di prep
 I'll see you right before the big meeting.
set before vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." literal (place in front of)mettere di fronte a vtr
 At about 3 months, a baby begins to focus its eyes on objects set before him.
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
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
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 avv
 I got there two days before you did.
 Arriverò a Roma due giorni prima.
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