1. Preposition.  Earlier than (in time).
  2. Preposition.  In front of in space.
  3. Preposition.  Under consideration, judgment, authority of (someone).
  4. Preposition.  In store for, in the future of (someone).
  5. Preposition.  In front of, according to a formal system of ordering items.
  6. Preposition.  At a higher or greater position in a subjective ranking.
  7. Adverb.  at an earlier time.
  8. Adverb.  in advance.
  9. Conjunction.  in advance of the time when.
  10. Conjunction.  (informal) rather or sooner than.

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