early meaning

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
          • There are six other Ballard stories and a fragment that deal with space in the early stories, but most of them confirm Ballard's own opinion that the space age is over in the public imagination.
          • The judge vacated the earlier decision when new evidence was presented.
          • Platonic philosophy was a natural ally for early Christianity because of its “sheer sense of wonder at the engifted gracious possibilities within which we live and move and have our being."
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Early depictions were anastasic, the empty cross symbolizing the resurrection and hiding the manner of Jesus' death.
          • Early players folded, and Ann bet out with two queens.
          • Early on, the New Yorkers clearly outpower their West Coast counterparts.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • The new type of mechanical thinner allowed thinning of peach blossoms to be completed earlier.
          • John insulted Peter to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.
          • This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Adverbs
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
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            1. en earlyish
            2. en early on
            3. en earlywood
            4. en early days
            5. en early door
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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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