EN[ˈɝliɚ] [ˈɜː.lɪə]

    Definition of earlier in English Dictionary

  • AdjectiveBFearlySUPearliestSUF-ier
    1. comparative form of early: more early.
      1. occurring previously.
        1. I shall be late because I missed the earlier train.
    2. AdverbBFearlySUPearliest
      1. comparative form of early: more early.
        1. previously; before now; sooner.
          1. I shall be late because I didn't start earlier.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • Australia Post has been accused of endangering staff with "sweatbox" uniforms and restricting earlier starts to save money.
          • Doing the opponents an obvious favor, the football coach decided to call off the dogs early after his team was up 56-0.
          • He got the better of him early in the match, but finished by losing.
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Early on, the New Yorkers clearly outpower their West Coast counterparts.
          • Early players folded, and Ann bet out with two queens.
          • Early personal computers did not support voice-recognition hardware or software.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • I decided to blow off the meeting and leave early.
          • He isn't here. He mustn't've realised we'd be arriving so early.
          • John insulted Peter to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Adjective forms
            • Adjective comparative forms
          • Adverbs
            • Adverb forms
              • Adverb comparative forms
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          1. en earlierness
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          Meaning of earlier for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this word "earlier" is an adjective, more specifically, an adjective form. It's also an adverb, more specifically, an adverb form.
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          Definiteness: Level 2
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