early on

adverb

Definition of early on

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

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Examples of early on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as Schneider-Mayerson and Bellamy note early on, citing the environmental critic Ursula Heise, the current crisis is one that requires a new kind of global thinking, one that resists single languages or cultures. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Search for New Words to Make Us Care About the Climate Crisis," 21 Feb. 2020 And Textio knew that was going to happen really, really early on. Wired Staff, Wired, "How Machine Learning Can Help Stamp Out Hiring Bias," 21 Feb. 2020 All this said, if the team wins a few matches early on, much of the current mess will become background noise. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Strange team, strange season for John Brannen, UC Bearcats," 20 Feb. 2020 An aspect Colorado got right early on, Freedman said, was a tiered cultivation and production management system that forced companies to grow wisely in conjunction with demand. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "So you want to legalize cannabis? Some dos and don'ts from the experts," 10 Feb. 2020 That technique, however messy, also allows the film's other female protagonists to enter the story early on, even if its zig-zaggy mechanics don't bring them together until late in the game. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix this weekend," 7 Feb. 2020 Jimmy Garoppolo was solid early on (9-for-11 in the first half), but did have a forehead-slapping INT and in the second half was just 11-for-20 for 130 yards. Michael Lerseth, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Super Bowl review: For three quarters, it was theirs to win," 2 Feb. 2020 Choosing an effective organizational model early on, informed by the latest management science. Aimee Groth, Quartz at Work, "Extinction Rebellion is using holacracy to scale its international movement," 29 Dec. 2019 After relying on center Daniel Oturu too much early on, those other scoring threats have helped Minnesota (6-5) going into their final nonconference game against Florida International (9-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Williams Arena. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "When Gabe Kalscheur rocks out, he makes sweet music for Gophers men’s basketball," 27 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'early on.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of early on

1759, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about early on

Time Traveler for early on

Time Traveler

The first known use of early on was in 1759

See more words from the same year

Statistics for early on

Last Updated

24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Early on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/early%20on. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on early on

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with early on

Comments on early on

What made you want to look up early on? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!