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earlier

EN[ˈɝliɚ] [ˈɜː.lɪə]
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    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
          • Dotted boxes represent the absent human KISS and SPX2 genes (that emerged during early vertebrate tetraploidizations) [42 ,74 ] and the T.
          • If I can get off early tomorrow, I'll give you a ride home.
          • I'm going to punch in a bit early today to get more work done.
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Early depictions were anastasic, the empty cross symbolizing the resurrection and hiding the manner of Jesus' death.
          • Earlier yesterday, Harper attended a tightly controlled "photo opportunity" at a home renovation worksite to highlight his proposed measure of tax credits to stimulate the construction industry.
          • Earlier gametocytogenesis and relapses might allow for more efficient transmission to the vector mosquitoes [ 15 ].
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.
          • John insulted Peter to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.
          • The new type of mechanical thinner allowed thinning of peach blossoms to be completed earlier.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Adjective forms
            • Adjective comparative forms
          • Adverbs
            • Adverb forms
              • Adverb comparative forms
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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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