- 1existing or occurring before in time or order; earlier or former
- 2done, occurring, or collected at an earlier time
Using previous: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "previous" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I met him on a previous occasion.
The previous owners of the house left it in a terrible state.
She had a previous engagement and couldn't come to the party.
previous Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with previous
In previous years, the company had made a profit.
The job requires previous experience in sales.
knowledge acquired before the present time
The course assumes some previous knowledge of the subject.
Origins of previous
from Latin 'praevius', meaning 'going before'
Summary: previous in Brief
The term 'previous' [ˈpriːviəs] refers to something that existed or occurred before in time or order. It can describe something that was done, occurring, or collected at an earlier time. Examples include 'I met him on a previous occasion' and 'The previous owners of the house left it in a terrible state.' 'Previous' extends into phrases like 'in previous years,' denoting the years before the present one, and 'previous experience,' referring to experience gained before the present one.