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EN[ˈɝli] [ˈɜː.li] [-ɜː(ɹ)li]
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    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
          • Importantly, markers of early pancreatogenesis (HNF4a, PROX1, FOXA2, PDX1) decreased between days 17 to 26 in both WT and ARX ko cells.
          • The neighborhood, a blocky parcel formerly known as Trains Meadows and about 30 minutes by subway from Midtown Manhattan, was created in the early 20th century as a suburblike development.
          • Successive differentiation events lead to early gametocytes (stages I to III), susceptible to most of classical schizonticidal antimalarials.
        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.
          • 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.
          • Early on, the New Yorkers clearly outpower their West Coast counterparts.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • Only half the delegates from the state were seated at the convention because the state held its primary too early.
          • I decided to blow off the meeting and leave early.
          • John insulted Peter to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Adverbs
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
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            Source: Wiktionary

            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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