early Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective 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
- early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties
adjective being or occurring at an early stage of development
- in an early stage
- early forms of life
- early man
- an early computer
adjective satellite belonging to the distant past
- the early inhabitants of Europe
- former generations
- in other times
adjective satellite very young
adjective 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
adjective satellite expected in the near future
- look for an early end to the negotiations
adverb during an early stage
adverb before the usual time or the time expected
ahead of time; too soon.
- she graduated early
- the house was completed ahead of time
adverb in good time
- he awoke betimes that morning
, AS. rlice
sooner + lic
like. See Ere
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- Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
Those that me early shall find me.
Prov. viii. 17.
You must wake and call me early.
. . See Early
comparative Earlier ; superlative Earliest
- 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.
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
The doorsteps and threshold with the early grass springing up about them.
- Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
Seen in life's early morning sky.
The forms of its earlier manhood.
The earliest poem he composed was in his seventeenth summer.
J. C. Shairp.
Syn. -- Forward; timely; not late; seasonable.
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