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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"
  2. in good time; " he awoke betimes that morning"
  3. expected in the near future; " look for an early end to the negotiations"
  4. during an early stage; " early on in her career"
  5. ( 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"
  6. very young; " at an early age"
  7. of the distant past; " the early inhabitants of Europe"; " former generations"; " in other times"
  8. 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".
  9. 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"
  10. Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
  11. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
  12. 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.
  13. Being near the beginning; before the usual time; in good time.
  14. At or near the beginning; soon; seasonably.
  15. Earlier.
  16. Earliest.
  17. In good season: at or near the beginning of the day.
  18. In good time; soon; at the beginning of the day or period.
  19. Occurring among the first in a series or sooner than is usual; soon to occur.
  20. In advance of something else; prior in time; forward; at or near the beginning; in good season.
  21. Soon; in good season; betimes.
  22. Prior in season or time; coming soon; before or in advance of others.
  23. Soon; betimes.

Usage examples for early

  1. So I have to get up early in the morning. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  2. He told me he should go to bed early." – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  3. But one brother goes early away from the home! – Nautilus by Laura E. Richards
  4. " The day after tomorrow, early in the morning, or the day after that. – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  5. I was married early this morning!" – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  6. To- morrow I'm going to get up early." – Their Son; The Necklace by Eduardo Zamacois
  7. In the early years I was frightened with you, and now I am ashamed.... – The Wife and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  8. Sixteen's a little early. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  9. You two will have to go to bed very early to- night. – A Little Florida Lady by Dorothy C. Paine
  10. It is early, and I can never sleep here if I go to bed. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. The next morning we made an early start. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  12. Better drop in early. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  13. " I may not be able to come down to- morrow, Tessibel," she said, looking up into the serious face, " because my brother is coming home early in the morning." – Tess of the Storm Country by Grace Miller White
  14. Sue and I to early ... – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  15. " You thought so then," I went on, " though it was quite early in the day." – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  16. I made up my mind that I would try to stop early on my way to the other children. – Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Colborne
  17. See that ye both come, and that right early. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  18. How early you must have started. – Rosinante to the Road Again by John Dos Passos
  19. His daughter must be a lady; he had not forgotten his early life. – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  20. But I have to catch an early train to London. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
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