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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


SamplesEarly 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.


Similaraboriginal, advance, archaean, archaeozoic, archean, archeozoic, azoic, beforehand, earlier, earliest, earlyish, premature, premature, previous, primaeval, primal, primeval, primordial, proterozoic, proto, untimely, wee


See alsofirst


Attributetiming


Antonymslate, middle

2. early being or occurring at an early stage of development


SamplesIn an early stage.
Early forms of life.
Early man.
An early computer.


Similararchaic, crude, embryonic, embryotic, inchoate, incipient, new, precocious, primitive, primitive, rude, young


Antonymslater, late

3. early belonging to the distant past


SamplesThe early inhabitants of Europe.
Former generations.
In other times.


Synonymsformer, other


Similarpast


Antonymsfuture, present

4. early very young


SamplesAt an early age.


Similarimmature, young


Antonymsold

5. early of an early stage in the development of a language or literature


SamplesThe 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.


SimilarOld


Domain categorylinguistics


Antonymsmiddle, late

6. early expected in the near future


SamplesLook for an early end to the negotiations.


Similarfuture


Antonymspast, present


English adverb: early

1. early during an early stage


SamplesEarly on in her career.


Synonymsearly on

2. early before the usual time or the time expected


SamplesShe graduated early.
The house was completed ahead of time.


Synonymsahead of time, too soon


Antonymsbelatedly, late, tardily

3. early in good time


SamplesHe awoke betimes that morning.


Synonymsbetimes









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