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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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Recent Examples on the Web Frida Mom, a company focused on the postpartum needs of women, went ahead and posted the ad on its Instagram feed for all to see. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Oscars Rejected This Frida Mom Postpartum Ad for Being ‘Too Graphic'—and People Are Angry," 9 Feb. 2020 Looking ahead, Lelling expects to prosecute more cases of scientists who have failed to disclose their Chinese ties. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "U.S. prosecutor leading China probe explains effort that led to charges against Harvard chemist," 3 Feb. 2020 Philbin told senators this week that the White House is working with Bolton’s publishers on the clearance process right now, hinting at obstacles ahead while attempting to seem conciliatory. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Welcome to the Trump defense team’s impeachment trial nightmare," 1 Feb. 2020 In the many months ahead, everyone will focus on development plans to build the school, a business plan to make the private school financially stable and then there’s still all the staff hiring. Arizona Republic, "An Arizona couple donated $1 million to help foster children. One year later, they did even more.," 29 Jan. 2020 At your next dinner party, go ahead and regale your friends with the fact that the Cooper SE does zero to 37 mph in 3.9 seconds. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "The Electric Mini Cooper SE Is About More Than Just Range," 28 Jan. 2020 The delay in launching the NMA means Boeing must now think even further ahead, taking account of developing Chinese competition. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "New Boeing CEO Calhoun says employee confidence ‘is shaken — my job is to restore it’," 23 Jan. 2020 Now that a deal has officially been struck for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to step back as senior royals, the couple is reportedly very excited about their current situation and thinking ahead about what's to come. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Loves the Idea of Being the Family Breadwinner," 23 Jan. 2020 Looking ahead So far, Iranian cyberattacks have been limited to desktop computers and servers running standard commercial software. Dorothy Denning, The Conversation, "How Iran’s military outsources its cyberthreat forces," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ahead

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of ahead was in 1568

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13 Feb 2020

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“Ahead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ahead. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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


adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈhed How to pronounce ahead (audio) \

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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