Adverb: earlier ur-lee-u(r)
Adjective: earlier ur-lee-u(r)
- Earlier in time; previously
"he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; "her parents had died four years earlier"; "I mentioned that problem earlier";
- A comparative of 'soon' or 'early'
"came earlier than I expected";
- Before now
"why didn't you tell me earlier?";
- in the first place, in the beginning, to begin with, originally
Adjective: early (earlier,earliest) ur-lee
- (comparative and superlative of 'early') more early than; most early
"a fashion popular in earlier times"; "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher";
- 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"
- Being or occurring at an early stage of development
"in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
- Belonging to the distant past
"the early inhabitants of Europe";
- former, other
- Very young
"at an early age"
- (linguistics) 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"
- Expected in the near future
"look for an early end to the negotiations"
See also: aboriginal, advance, archaean, archaeozoic, archaic, archean [US], archeozoic, azoic, beforehand, crude, earlyish, embryonic, embryotic, first, future, immature, inchoate, incipient, new, Old, past, precocious, premature, previous, primaeval, primal, primeval, primitive, primordial, proterozoic, proto, rude, timing, untimely, wee, young
Antonym: late, middle
Encyclopedia: Early, TX