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Overview of adj earlier

The adj earlier has 1 sense


  • earlier, earliest -- ((comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early; "a fashion popular in earlier times"; "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"; "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera")


Overview of adj early

The adj early has 6 senses


  • early -- (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties")

  • early -- (being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer")

  • early, former, other -- (belonging to the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times")

  • early -- (very young; "at an early age")

  • early -- (of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."; "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700")

  • early -- (expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations")


Overview of adv earlier

The adv earlier has 3 senses


  • earlier, before -- (earlier in time; previously; "I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; "her parents had died four years earlier"; "I mentioned that problem earlier")

  • sooner, earlier -- (comparatives of `soon' or `early'; "Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected")

  • in the first place, earlier, in the beginning, to begin with, originally -- (before now; "why didn't you tell me in the first place?")