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adverb ear·ly \ˈər-lē\

Definition of early

earlier

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earliest

  1. 1a :  near the beginning of a period of time awoke early in the morningb :  near the beginning of a course, process, or series early in his senatorial career

  2. 2a :  before the usual or expected time the train arrived earlyb archaic :  soonc :  sooner than related forms these apples bear early

Examples of early in a Sentence

  1. Early in his career he moved to the city.

  2. a word first recorded early in the 17th century

  3. They were trailing by a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

  4. The package should be arriving early next week.

  5. She arrived early to help with the preparations.

  6. I got up early to finish packing.

Origin and Etymology of early

Middle English erly, from Old English ǣrlīce, from ǣr early, soon — more at ere


First Known Use: before 12th century


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adjective ear·ly

Definition of early

earlier

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earliest

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or occurring near the beginning of a period of time, a development, or a series in the early evening the early symptoms of the diseaseb (1) :  distant in past time (2) :  primitive early tools

  2. 2a :  occurring before the usual or expected time an early arrivalb :  occurring in the near future at your earliest conveniencec :  maturing or producing sooner than related forms an early peach

earliness

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Examples of early in a Sentence

  1. the early symptoms of the disease

  2. The early part of the book is better than the later part.

  3. We had an early spring this year.

  4. We're early. The show doesn't start for half an hour.

  5. I've always been an early riser.

13th Century

First Known Use of early

13th century


Early

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biographical name Ear·ly \ˈər-lē\

Definition of Early

  1. Ju*balplay \ˈjü-bəl\ Anderson 1816–1894 American Confederate general


EARLY Defined for English Language Learners

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adverb ear·ly \ˈər-lē\

Definition of early for English Language Learners

  • : at or near the beginning of a period of time or a process, activity, series, etc.

  • : before the usual or expected time

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adjective ear·ly

Definition of early for English Language Learners

  • : existing or happening near the beginning of a period of time

  • : happening near the beginning of a process, activity, series, etc.

  • : coming or happening before the usual or expected time


EARLY Defined for Kids

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adverb ear·ly \ˈər-lē\

Definition of early for Students

earlier

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earliest

  1. 1 :  at or near the beginning of a period of time woke up early early in my career

  2. 2 :  before the usual or expected time arrived early


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adjective ear·ly

Definition of early for Students

earlier

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earliest

  1. :  occurring near the beginning or before the usual time early morning



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