EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English tofore, toforn, from Old English tōforan (in front of), from (to) + foran (front, fore-part, n.), dative case of fora (front). Compare Dutch tevoren (previously), German zuvor (before, previously). More at to, fore.

PrepositionEdit

tofore

  1. (obsolete) Before.

AdverbEdit

tofore (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Before.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus:
      Farewell, Lavinia, my noble sister ; O would thou wert as thou tofore hast been!

ConjunctionEdit

tofore

  1. (obsolete) Before.

AnagramsEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English tōforan; equivalent to to- +‎ fore.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /toːˈfɔːr(ə)/, /toːˈfɔːr(ə)n/, /tɔ-/, /tə-/

AdverbEdit

tofore

  1. In front, ahead; in the first position in a sequence.
  2. At a prior time; beforehand, earlier.
  3. (in texts) Found above; found in a prior section.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: tofore (obsolete)

ReferencesEdit

PrepositionEdit

tofore

  1. In front of.
  2. Closer than something (with reference to the speaker).
  3. In the presence of; before.
  4. Earlier than; prior to.
  5. To a degree greater than; more so than.

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DescendantsEdit

ConjunctionEdit

tofore

  1. Indicates that the antecedent clause occurred before the consequent clause in time.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Thomas Malory and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Never sith myght he be heled, ne nought shal tofore we come to hym.

Usage notesEdit

  • As a conjunction, tofore is often paired with þat.

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