early meaning

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early adverb
1. before the usual time or the time expected
Related: ahead_of_time, too_soon
Antonyms: late
  • "she graduated early"
  • "the house was completed ahead of time"
2. in good time
Related: betimes
  • "he awoke betimes that morning"
early adjective
1. (first) at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
Antonyms: middle
  • "early morning"
  • "an early warning"
  • "early diagnosis"
  • "an early death"
  • "took early retirement"
  • "an early spring"
  • "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"
2. being or occurring at an early stage of development
Antonyms: late
  • "in an early stage"
  • "early forms of life"
  • "early man"
  • "an early computer"
3. of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
Antonyms: middle
  • "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."
  • "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"
4. very young
  • "at an early age"
5. expected in the near future
  • "look for an early end to the negotiations"
early_on adverb
1. during an early stage
Related: early
  • "early on in her career"
early(a) adjective
1. belonging to the distant past
Related: former, other
  • "the early inhabitants of Europe"
  • "former generations"
  • "in other times"
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