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Definition of early
- Early adj
- At or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties" [ant: {middle}, {late}]
- Being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer" [ant: {late}]
- Of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times" [syn: {early(a)}, {former(a)}, {other(a)}]
- Very young; "at an early age"
- Of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."; "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700" [ant: {middle}, {late}]
- Expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations" adv
- During an early stage; "early on in her career" [syn: {early on}]
- Before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time" [syn: {ahead of time}, {too soon}] [ant: {late}]
- In good time; "he awoke betimes that morning" [syn: {betimes}] [also: {earliest}, {earlier}]
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