Meaning of PRIOR in English

PRIOR

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

You use ~ to indicate that something has already happened, or must happen, before another event takes place.

He claimed he had no ~ knowledge of the protest...

The Constitution requires the president to seek the ~ approval of Congress for military action...

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2.

A ~ claim or duty is more important than other claims or duties and needs to be dealt with first.

The firm I wanted to use had ~ commitments.

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

A ~ is a monk who is in charge of a ~y or a monk who is the second most important person in a monastery.

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4.

If something happens ~ to a particular time or event, it happens before that time or event. (FORMAL)

Prior to his Japan trip, he went to New York...

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