Early - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɜːrli|  American pronunciation of the word early
Brit.  |ˈəːli|  British pronunciation of the word early


- belonging to the distant past(syn: former, other)
- very young
- expected in the near future


- during an early stage
- before the usual time or the time expected
- in good time (syn: betimes)


Early in his career he moved to the city.

A word first recorded early in the 17th century

They were trailing by a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

The package should be arriving early next week.

She arrived early to help with the preparations.

I got up early to finish packing.

The early symptoms of the disease

The early part of the book is better than the later part.

We had an early spring this year.

We're early. The show doesn't start for half an hour.

I've always been an early riser.

He was in his early teens.

I am always ten minutes early for work.

The incident occurred much earlier in the game.

We'll hope to see you some time early next week.

Word forms

comparative: earlier
superlative: earliest
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