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early

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of early

  1. 1 relating to or occurring near the beginning of a process, series, or time period <early birds of the Jurassic period> Synonyms ancient, primal, primeval, primitive, primordial Related Words budding, embryonic, germinal, infant; aged, age-old, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, dateless, hoary, old, prehistoric (also prehistorical); obsolete, outmoded, out-of-date, passé Near Antonyms advanced, complex, developed, evolved, high, higher; full-blown, full-fledged, full-scale Antonyms late

  2. 2 occurring before the usual or expected time <we had an early dinner so as not to miss the concert> Synonyms inopportune, precocious, premature, unseasonable, untimely Related Words unanticipated, unexpected, unforeseen, unlooked-for; abrupt, sudden Near Antonyms behindhand, belated, delinquent, latish, overdue, slow, tardy; anticipated, expected; delayed, detained, postponed Antonyms late




early

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of early

  1. before the usual or expected time <that year spring arrived early> Synonyms beforehand, inopportunely, precociously, prematurely, unseasonably Related Words immediately, instantly, presently, promptly, pronto, punctually; apropos, betimes, seasonably Antonyms belatedly, late, tardily





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