early on

adverb

Definition of early on

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

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 According to the report, security footage obtained from Dearborn Fresh Supermarket shows a man pouring flammable liquid onto the side of the store and then setting it ablaze early on Sunday morning. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 The two suspects – 21-year-old Jeremy Delgado and 19-year-old Bobby Wynn – were arrested near the scene and booked into the Travis County Jail early on Tuesday morning. Paul Best, Fox News, 6 May 2022 Very early on in their time in America, my parents were converted to Christianity by an elderly white neighbor in Birmingham. Belinda Huijuan Tang, Vogue, 5 May 2022 But then, early on the morning of May 4, Logan emailed me. Outside Online, 5 May 2022 Sandie Bourne, whose doctoral thesis looked at the history and experience of Black ballet dancers in Britain, said this lack of diversity in the industry begins very early on, when dancers are still in school. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 One of those warrants was for Taylor's apartment, and Louisville Metro Police Department executed it early on the morning on March 13. Giselle Rhoden, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 Then, early on the morning of Aug. 21, Rye woke to a text message from the elementary school principal alerting him that Trace Creek, which winds its way through Waverly, had started rising. Andrea Stanley, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 After patchy fog early on, skies become partly sunny, with highs from 75 to 80. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of early on

1759, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Early on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/early%20on. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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