ahead

adverb or adjective

1
a
: 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
5
a
: 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

Examples of ahead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If Israel presses ahead with its apparent determination to launch a ground offensive to root out Hamas in Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city, the humanitarian catastrophe could escalate. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 In the end, both moviegoers and theaters came out ahead. Lydia Depillis Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 State Police Commissioner Joseph A. Childs gave the estimates as weary rescue workers moved steadily ahead, digging through the debris and smashed homes in search of more victims. Jerome Hansen, Jack Schermerhorn, Ralph Nelson and Ken McCormick, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2024 Some 100 yards straight ahead stood a 3,500-pound hippopotamus, staring squarely in our direction. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2024 The dissonance of the message — go ahead and wage total war, but try to do so humanely — was apparent. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Coachella generally releases maps of the festival grounds and parking in the days before the festival, so plan ahead and download the app. Vanessa Franko, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The Australian Government has detailed its top business trends for 2024, highlighting the focus areas for those businesses looking to get and stay ahead. Kansas City Star, 26 Mar. 2024 So people went ahead and bought homes there, even though Rio Verde Foothills lies beyond the reach of Scottsdale’s pipe systems, and the groundwater isn’t plentiful enough for all residents to access wells. Daniel Rothberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ahead was in 1568

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Cite this Entry

“Ahead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ahead. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

ahead

adverb or adjective
1
: in or toward the front
the road ahead
go ahead
2
: in, into, or for the future
think ahead
3
: in or toward a better position
came out $20 ahead on the deal
4
: at or to an earlier time : in advance
make payments ahead

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