Webster 1913 Edition
In a state of anticipation ore preoccupation; in advance; – often followed by with.
Agricola . . . resolves to be
beforehandwith the danger.
The last cited author has been
By way of preparation, or preliminary; previously; aforetime.
They may be taught
beforehandthe skill of speaking.
In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
Rich and much
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Antecedently; by way of preparation or preliminary; aforetime. Math.13. 1 Tim.5.
2.In a state of accumulation, so as that more has been received than expended. A man is beforehand. In this use it is more properly an adjective.
3.At first; before any thing is done.