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EN[ˈɝli] [ˈɜː.li] [-ɜː(ɹ)li]
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  • Early may refer to:

    Definition of early in English Dictionary

  • NounPLearlies
    1. A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.
    2. AdjectiveCOMearlierSUPearliest
      1. At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
        1. Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
      2. Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on time.
        1. You're early today! I don't usually see you before nine o'clock. ‎
        2. The early guests sipped their punch and avoided each other's eyes. ‎
      3. Near the start or beginning.
        1. 'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
      4. Having begun to occur; in its early stages.
        1. early cancer ‎
    3. AdverbCOMearlierSUPearliest
      1. At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
        1. No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.
      2. Soon; in good time; seasonably.
      3. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • Poor appointments, early resignations — James McGrath, Tim Parker, Ray Lewis, a general air of shambolism.
          • Throughout the first, second and early third instars, Drosophila larvae exhibit photophobicity and remain buried in their food source throughout the critical feeding period.
          • Having noted T'ang Lan's remarks, Watson updated and amended his earlier views and accepted the device as a pi, or bow-guard, somehow used to "straiten" [sic] or guard an unstrung compound bow.
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Earlier the gentleman from California (Mr. Cardoza) got up on the floor, and he was upset that somebody had said that the underlying bill would eviscerate the Endangered Species Act.
          • Early players folded, and Ann bet out with two queens.
          • Early depictions were anastasic, the empty cross symbolizing the resurrection and hiding the manner of Jesus' death.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • He isn't here. He mustn't've realised we'd be arriving so early.
          • I decided to blow off the meeting and leave early.
          • The new type of mechanical thinner allowed thinning of peach blossoms to be completed earlier.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Adverbs
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
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            5. en early bath
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            Meaning of early for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "early" is an adjective. It's also an adverb. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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