come before - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycome before
he/she/itcomes before
present participlecoming before
past tensecame before
past participlecome before
  1. 1
    come before someone/something to be more important than someone or something else

    In these situations, your family comes before everything else.

  2. 2
    come before someone/something to be considered, discussed, or judged by someone in authority

    The case comes before the Magistrates again in June.

See also main entry: come