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    early - Dictionary definition and meaning for word early

    Definition
    (adj) at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (adj) being or occurring at an early stage of development
    Example Sentence
    • in an early stage
    • early forms of life
    • early man
    • an early computer
    Definition
    (adj) belonging to the distant past
    Synonyms : former , other
    Example Sentence
    • the early inhabitants of Europe
    • former generations
    • in other times
    Definition
    (adj) very young
    Example Sentence
    • at an early age
    Definition
    (adj) of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (adj) expected in the near future
    Example Sentence
    • look for an early end to the negotiations
    Definition
    (adv) during an early stage
    Synonyms : early on
    Example Sentence
    • early on in her career
    Definition
    (adv) before the usual time or the time expected
    Synonyms : ahead of time , too soon
    Example Sentence
    • she graduated early
    • the house was completed ahead of time
    Definition
    (adv) in good time
    Synonyms : betimes
    Example Sentence
    • he awoke betimes that morning
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