early on

adverb
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of early on

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

Using early on

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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First Known Use of early on

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