ahead

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈhed \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of ahead

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

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First Known Use of ahead

1568

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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AHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

ahead

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

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈhed \

Definition of ahead for Students

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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