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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. earliest, soonest

with the least delay

Example Sentences:
'the soonest I can arrive is 3 P.M.'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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superlative adjective
1.  early
the soonest date or time possible for something to be done or for something to happen
The earliest I could start would be 1 October.
3.  at the earliest

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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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