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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The true challenges are directly ahead, including these next two at TD Garden. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 29 Nov. 2022 QB Tom Brady had been 218-0 in his career when his team was ahead by at least seven points with two minutes remaining in regulation. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2022 More tests and more risks are ahead before the capsule and its valuable data splash down Dec. 11 in the Pacific Ocean off California. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 28 Nov. 2022 The Patriots are also tackling well, getting solid play from Tisdell at quarterback and hinting that their best days are ahead with only six seniors in starting roles. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2022 Where Ron DeSantis won DeSantis won a convincing victory and was ahead in 62 of Florida’s 67 counties – including winning reliably blue Miami-Dade, the state’s most populous county, by 11 points. Jennifer Borresen, USA Today, 26 Nov. 2022 A big holiday weekend is ahead, and the latest FanDuel promo code will bring players a bet $5, get $125 bonus for USA-England World Cup action or any other Black Friday matchup. cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 Beware, massive spoilers for season 1 of Netflix's Wednesday are ahead. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 24 Nov. 2022 From NuScale’s standpoint, the project is still full-speed ahead. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 8 Dec. 2022.

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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