early on


Definition of early on

: at or during an early point or stage the reasons were obvious early on in the experiment

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Using Early on: Usage Guide

This adverb is sometimes objected to in American writing as an obtrusive Briticism. It is a relative newcomer to the language, having arisen in British English around 1928. It seems to have filled a need, however. It came into frequent use in American English in the late 1960s and is now well established on both sides of the Atlantic in both speech and writing.

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The official 2019 Coachella lineup was announced early on Thursday morning, with the headliners confirmed to be Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BLACKPINK Will Be the First Female K-Pop Group to Play Coachella," 3 Jan. 2019 Walmart: Many Walmart stores are normally open 24/7, but certain locations might close early on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Good News: These Stores Will Be Open on Christmas Eve," 22 Dec. 2018 Three aftershocks of magnitude greater than 5 shook the mountainous Southern Highlands, about 600 km northwest of Port Moresby early on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, including a shallow magnitude 6 quake. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil, Hess make another offshore Guyana discovery," 20 June 2018 Another birdie on the 16th was canceled out by two bogeys to reach the turn level par for the day, but Woods toiled early on the back nine. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open: Tiger Woods set to miss cut, Dustin Johnson leads at Shinnecock," 15 June 2018 According to their findings, those who enjoyed meditating early on in the study were more likely to be meditating one year later. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet," 19 Dec. 2018 If palace sources are to be believed, the disagreement with William may stem from some questions the future king asked his little brother early on in his relationship with Markle. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Prince Harry Is Reportedly 'Going All Out' to Protect Meghan Markle for This Heartbreaking Reason," 11 Dec. 2018 During the show’s first season, Georgiou was the captain of the USS Shenzhou before she was killed at the hands of the Klingons early on in the season. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Star Trek Discovery’s Michelle Yeoh might get her own spinoff show for CBS All Access," 10 Nov. 2018 The thing that stuck with me the most from observing the Street Survival school in action happened relatively early on in the classroom. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget lap times; this car control class makes teen drivers safer," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of early on

1759, in the meaning defined above

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