Definition of Earlier in English :

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Earlier meaning in English

Meaning of Earlier in English

Pronunciation of Earlier in English

Earlier pronunciation in English

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1. earlier, earliest

(comparative and superlative of early') more early than; most early

Example Sentences:
'a fashion popular in earlier times'
'his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher'
'Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera'


2. before, earlier

earlier in time; previously

Example Sentences:
'I had known her before'
'as I said before'
'he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier'
'her parents had died four years earlier'
'I mentioned that problem earlier'

3. earlier, sooner

comparatives of soon' or early'

Example Sentences:
'Come a little sooner, if you can'
'came earlier than I expected'

4. earlier, in the beginning, in the first place, originally, to begin with

before now

Example Sentences:
'why didn't you tell me in the first place?'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of earlier
The new project is a refinement of an earlier idea.
This was agreed at an earlier meeting.
The story isn't in earlier editions of the papers.
Earlier reports of gunshots have not been confirmed.
a letter which he had written at an earlier date
taking place at a less advanced hour of the day
The match has been moved to an earlier time.
at a less advanced hour of the day
I ought to get up earlier.
I can't come any earlier.
She left earlier than us.
at some time before now
Many years earlier, Grundy had given The Beatles their first television break.
I interviewed her earlier, and this is what she said.
Here's one I made earlier.
I saw him earlier.
political reforms announced earlier this year
As mentioned earlier, the University supplements this information with an interview.

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see synonyms of earlier
adj. ear·li·er, ear·li·est
1. Of or occurring near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: in the early morning; scored two runs in the early innings.
a. Of or belonging to a previous or remote period of time: the early inhabitants of the British Isles.
b. Of or belonging to an initial stage of development: an early form of life; an early computer.
3. Occurring, developing, or appearing before the expected or usual time: an early spring; an early retirement.
4. Maturing or developing relatively soon: an early variety of tomato.
5. Occurring in the near future: hoped for an early end to the negotiations.
adv. ear·lier, ear·liest
a. Near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: departed early in the day; scored important victories early in the campaign.
b. At or near the beginning of the morning: She never used to get up so early.
2. At or during a remote or initial period: decided very early to go into medicine.
3. Before the expected or usual time: arrived at the meeting a few minutes early.
4. Soon in relation to others of its kind: a rose that was cultivated to bloom early.

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