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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. being or occurring at an early stage of development; " in an early stage"; " early forms of life"; " early man"; " an early computer"
  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"
  7. very young; " at an early age"
  8. of the distant past; " the early inhabitants of Europe"; " former generations"; " in other times"
  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".
  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"
  11. Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
  12. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
  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.
  14. Being near the beginning; before the usual time; in good time.
  15. At or near the beginning; soon; seasonably.
  16. Earlier.
  17. Earliest.
  18. In good season: at or near the beginning of the day.
  19. EARLINESS.
  20. In good time; soon; at the beginning of the day or period.
  21. Occurring among the first in a series or sooner than is usual; soon to occur.
  22. At or near the beginning of a period of time.
  23. In advance of something else; prior in time; forward; at or near the beginning; in good season.
  24. Soon; in good season; betimes.
  25. Prior in season or time; coming soon; before or in advance of others.
  26. Soon; betimes.
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Usage examples for early

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