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early

adjective

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1 relating to or occurring near the beginning of a process, series, or time period
  • early birds of the Jurassic period

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2 occurring before the usual or expected time
  • we had an early dinner so as not to miss the concert

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early

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of early (Entry 2 of 2)

before the usual or expected time
  • that year spring arrived early

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The first known use of early was before the 12th century

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“Early.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/early. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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