What is Before?

Before definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
previous to; earlier or sooner than: Phone me before noon.
in front of; ahead of; in advance of: his shadow advancing before him; She stood before the window.

ahead of; in the future of; awaiting: The golden age is before us.
in preference to; rather than: They would die before surrendering.
in precedence of, as in order or rank: We put freedom before wealth.
in the presence or sight of: to appear before an audience.
less than; until: used in indicating the exact time: It’s ten before three.
under the jurisdiction or consideration of: He was summoned before a magistrate.
confronted by; in the face of: Before such wild accusations, he was too stunned to reply.
in the regard of: a crime before God and humanity.
under the overwhelming influence of: bending before the storm.
without figuring or deducting: income before deductions.

in front; in advance; ahead: The king entered with macebearers walking before.
in time preceding; previously: If we’d known before, we’d have let you know.

earlier or sooner: Begin at noon, not before.

previous to the time when: Send the telegram before we go.
sooner than; rather than: I will die before I submit.