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Definition of ahead 

1a : in a forward direction or position : forward

b : in front

2 : in, into, or for the future plan ahead

3 : in or toward a more advantageous position helped others to get ahead

4 : at or to an earlier time : in advance make payments ahead

5a : in or into a leading position in a race or competition a politician who is running ahead in most polls Josh Carter scored from a yard out and the Pride added a two-point conversion to surge ahead 14-7.Cumberland (Maryland) Times-News

b baseball

(1) of a pitcher : in or into the situation of having thrown more strikes than balls to a batter Home run threat Mark Reynolds was up next with the bases loaded, but Colon quickly got ahead 1-2 in the count and struck the third baseman out swinging with a … fastball.— Ray Monell

(2) of a batter : in or into the situation of having a count of more balls than strikes Albert Pujols got ahead 3-1 and then lined one into the seats in left for his 20th home run of the year and second of the series.— John Fay

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In a bull market, in contrast, growth stocks should come out ahead since investors are less worried about downside risk. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "‘Value’ Stocks May Not Be the Bear-Market Cure, After All," 8 July 2018 Boxing, squash, and swimming with a butterfly stroke all come out ahead. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "World Cup athletes burn a lot of energy. But some sports are even more demanding," 6 July 2018 Still, at the start of the 2017-18 school year, the district expected to come out ahead on its busing program even without changing school start times, though that estimate did not take the cost of bus monitors into account. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora busing likely boosted middle school attendance, district says," 6 July 2018 Early arrivals came out ahead for this opening of a Disney land, which features two rides, a counter-serve restaurant and the perspective that guests are the size of toys. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Toy Story Land opens with lines, Lightyear lovers," 30 June 2018 Ultimately, Rearden came out ahead on tech known as the MOVA Contour Program, which has been used to capture the motion of the human face to create computer graphic images in movies. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney's 'Avengers'," 18 June 2018 In the second half, Kristen Edmonds delivered a chip shot from far outside the box to push the Pride ahead 2-1. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride earn 2-1 road win over Utah Royals," 14 July 2018 The next at-bat, once again in complete command of the count — ahead 2-0 — Jones squared up a big swing and fell a few feet short of a home run. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 For those who eager to get an early start, shop our pre-sale picks ahead. refinery29.com, "How To Shop Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Before Everyone Else," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of ahead

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of ahead

: in or toward the front

: to or toward the place where someone is going

: in, into, or for the future

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Kids Definition of ahead

1 : in or toward the front The road stretched ahead for many miles.

2 : into or for the future You should think ahead.

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