\ ə-ˈhed \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for ahead

Synonyms

afore [chiefly dialect], already, antecedently, anteriorly, before, beforehand, earlier, formerly, preliminarily, previously

Antonyms

after, afterward (or afterwards), later

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So, rest assured there’s plenty of heart-wrenching drama up ahead. Megan Stein, Country Living, "CBS Sparks Outrage Among 'NCIS' Fans After Temporarily Replacing the Show," 23 Jan. 2019 No doubt, there will be temptations ahead for the Democratic majority in the House, including its new members. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Bad Girls' Caucus Has Been Sworn In and Congress May Never Be the Same," 3 Jan. 2019 To quote the profound wisdom of Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford: Go ahead, treat yourself. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "To Me, From Me: Stories That Celebrate a Little Self-Indulgence," 7 Jan. 2019 Which could be an issue because... Yup, Young Ian went ahead and traded Roger for a necklace, and now this poor dude and his culottes are being dragged to upstate New York. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jamie Made a Million Terrible Decisions in Tonight's Outlander," 7 Jan. 2019 Through November 16, you’ll be tempted to look backward, but keep pushing ahead, Sag babe. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 As summer winds down, design tastemakers are already looking to the year ahead. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Sherwin-Williams Reveals Its 2019 Color of the Year—And It's Gorgeous," 12 Sep. 2018 Unfortunately, due to the small size of the restriction, the divers had to remove their tanks and push them ahead or drag them behind while also tending the victim and the victim’s scuba tank. Chris Peterman, Ars Technica, "Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck—and on sticking to the rules," 22 July 2018 But some companies did manage to come out ahead over the turbulent 12 months. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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ahead

adverb

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
\ ə-ˈhed \

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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