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Early

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Adjective

1. early

at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

Example Sentences:
'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. early

being or occurring at an early stage of development

Example Sentences:
'in an early stage'
'early forms of life'
'early man'
'an early computer'

3. early, former, other

belonging to the distant past

Example Sentences:
'the early inhabitants of Europe'
'former generations'
'in other times'

4. early

very young

Example Sentences:
'at an early age'

5. early

of an early stage in the development of a language or literature

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. early

expected in the near future

Example Sentences:
'look for an early end to the negotiations'

Adverb

7. early, early on

during an early stage

Example Sentences:
'early on in her career'

8. ahead of time, early, too soon

before the usual time or the time expected

Example Sentences:
'she graduated early'
'the house was completed ahead of time'

9. betimes, early

in good time

Example Sentences:
'he awoke betimes that morning'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


Early

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adjective -lier or -liest
1. 
before the expected or usual time
2. 
occurring in or characteristic of the first part of a period or sequence
3. 
occurring in or characteristic of a period far back in time
4. 
occurring in the near future
5.  at the earliest
6.  early days
7.  early doors
adverb -lier or -liest
8. 
before the expected or usual time
9. 
near the first part of a period or sequence
I was talking to him earlier

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Early

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Jubal Anderson1816-94; Confederate general in the Civil War
adverb, adjectiveWord forms: ˈearlier or ˈearliest
1. 
near the beginning of a given period of time or of a series, as of events; soon after the start
2. 
before the expected or customary time
3. 
in the far distant past; in ancient or remote times
4. 
in the near future; before much time has passed

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


Early

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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.
2.
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
1.
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.
American Confederate general whose forces threatened Washington, DC (1864) but were ultimately defeated by Union troops led by Philip H. Sheridan (1865).

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