Earlier - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɝːliər|
Brit.  |ˈɜːliə|
- this word is used as a comparative form of the adjectiveearly

adverb

- earlier in time; previously(syn: before)
- comparatives of `soon' or `early'(syn: sooner)
- before now (syn: originally)

adjective

- (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early(syn: earliest)

Examples

The incident occurred much earlier in the game.

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 fashion popular in earlier times

his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher

Would you prefer the meeting to be at an earlier time?

Earlier today I saw my cousin.

They were ahead of us by 5 points earlier in the game, but now they're behind us by 7.

Can you explain why no one was informed earlier?

I disagree with your earlier statement about my record on this issue.

His plan combines the best features of the earlier proposals.

Surveys of each department were conducted earlier this year.

The film is recommended to anyone who liked her earlier movies.

This design incorporates the best features of our earlier models.

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