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at the earliest

Definition of at the earliest

  1. —used to indicate the earliest possible time when something will happen or be done <The job will not be finished until next year at the (very) earliest.>



Word by Word Definitions

earlyplay earliest
  1. :  near the beginning of a period of time

    :  near the beginning of a course, process, or series

    :  before the usual or expected time

  1. :  of, relating to, or occurring near the beginning of a period of time, a development, or a series

    :  distant in past time

    :  primitive


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