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be-fóran

  • preposition
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Grammar
be-fóran, bi-fóran; prep. I. dat. II. acc. [be by, proximity, fóran fore, as æt fóran]
Wright's OE grammar
§288; §559;
BEFORE; ante, coram, præ
dat. He swíðe oft befóran fremede folces rǽswum wundor æfter wundre he very often performed before the princes of the people miracle after miracle,
    Andr. Kmbl. 1237; An. 619.
Ealdormen héredon híg befóran him principes laudaverunt eam apud illum, Gen. 12, 15. Hwá ne wáfaþ ðæs, ðæt ða steorran scínaþ befóran ðam mónan, and ne befóran ðære sunnan who wonders not at this, that the stars shine before the moon, and not before the sun? Bt. 39, 3 ; Fox 214, 30.
acc. He oft befóran hine com ante illum venire consueverat,
    Bd. 5, 2 ; S. 614, 42, note. Sweord manige gesáwon befóran beorn beran
many saw a sword borne before the hero,
    Beo. Th. 2052; B. 1024.
befóran
frequently comes after the case
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  • Him befóran féreþ leóht

    light goeth before him,

      Cd. 222; Th. 288, 29; Sat. 389.
  • Him bifóran

    before them,

      Exon. 47 a; Th. 160, 22; Gú. 947.
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v.  bi-fóran bi-fóran.
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  • be-fóran, prep.