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Definitions of early

  1. before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. during an early stage; "early on in her career" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (linguistics) of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. very young; "at an early age" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; - opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Being near the beginning; before the usual time; in good time. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. At or near the beginning; soon; seasonably. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Earlier. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Earliest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. In good season: at or near the beginning of the day. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. EARLINESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. In good time; soon; at the beginning of the day or period. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Occurring among the first in a series or sooner than is usual; soon to occur. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. At or near the beginning of a period of time. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. In advance of something else; prior in time; forward; at or near the beginning; in good season. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Soon; in good season; betimes. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Prior in season or time; coming soon; before or in advance of others. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. Soon; betimes. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; -- opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit. mso.anu.edu.au
  28. [.e]r'li, adj. in good season: at or near the beginning of the day: relating to the beginning: happening in the near future.--adv. near the beginning: soon.--n. EAR'LINESS.--EARLY AND LATE, at all times; EARLY BIRD, an early riser; EARLY ENGLISH (archit.), generally applied to the form of Gothic in which the pointed arch was first employed in Britain. The Early English succeeded the Norman towards the end of the 12th century, and merged into the Decorated at the end of the 13th.--KEEP EARLY HOURS, to rise and go to bed betimes; SMALL AND EARLY (coll.), applied to evening parties; THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM, a proverb in favour of early rising. [A.S. árlíce--['æ]r, before.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. Absolutely or relatively near to the beginning of a portion of time, as an e. visit, e. risers, rise e., keep e. hours (rise& go to bed e.), e. peaches (maturing e. in the year), English English STYLE, fix an e. date (not long hence), at your earliest convenience, (as soon as you conveniently can), the e. part (beginning) of the century. Hence earliness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. the e. spring, morning, &c., the e. part of spring &c.; e. bird (facet.), e. riser (w. ref. to proverb the e. bird gets the worm); e.-Victorian, of the e. part of Victoria\'s reign, antiquated. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. Soon with respect to something else. Complete Dictionary

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