English adjective: early
|1.||early at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time|
An early warning.
An early death.
Took early retirement.
An early spring.
Early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties.
|Similar||aboriginal, advance, archaean, archaeozoic, archean, archeozoic, azoic, beforehand, earlier, earliest, earlyish, premature, premature, previous, primaeval, primal, primeval, primordial, proterozoic, proto, untimely, wee|
|2.||early being or occurring at an early stage of development|
|Samples||In an early stage.|
Early forms of life.
An early computer.
|Similar||archaic, crude, embryonic, embryotic, inchoate, incipient, new, precocious, primitive, primitive, rude, young|
|3.||early belonging to the distant past|
|Samples||The early inhabitants of Europe.|
In other times.
|4.||early very young|
|Samples||At an early age.|
|5.||early of an early stage in the development of a language or literature|
|Samples||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|
|Samples||Look for an early end to the negotiations.|
English adverb: early
|1.||early during an early stage|
|Samples||Early on in her career.|
|2.||early before the usual time or the time expected|
|Samples||She graduated early.|
The house was completed ahead of time.
|Synonyms||ahead of time, too soon|
|Antonyms||belatedly, late, tardily|
|3.||early in good time|
|Samples||He awoke betimes that morning.|