Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: preposition, adjective

Definitions: (preposition) You use previous to refer to a time before something else. (adjective) If something happened at a previous time, it happened before a particular time.

Examples: (preposition) Four years previous, he had been sick for a month. (preposition) The history of this site previous to the seventeenth century is unknown. (adjective) Last year, we lived in Seoul, but the previous year we were in Moscow.

Synonyms: adjectives: prior, former, past. prepositions: prior.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 2 A