ahead

play
adverb or adjective \ə-ˈhed\

Definition of ahead

  1. 1a :  in a forward direction or position :  forwardb :  in front

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

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

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

1568

First Known Use of ahead

1568


AHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

ahead

play
adverb or adjective \ə-ˈhed\

Definition of ahead for English Language Learners

  • : in or toward the front

  • : to or toward the place where someone is going

  • : in, into, or for the future


AHEAD Defined for Kids

ahead

play
adverb or adjective \ə-ˈhed\

Definition of ahead for Students

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

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ahead? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a dividing ridge between drainage areas

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!