Definitions for AHEADəˈhɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. in or to the front; before.

  2. in a forward direction; onward.

  3. into or for the future:

    Plan ahead.

  4. so as to register a later time:

    to set the clock ahead.

  5. at or to a different time, either earlier or later.

  6. onward toward success:

    to get ahead in the world.

  7. (adj.)having the highest score so far, as in a competition; presently winning.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for ahead:

  1. ahead of, before or further than.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of ahead:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ahead(p), in the lead, leading(adverb)

    having the leading position or higher score in a contest

    "he is ahead by a pawn"; "the leading team in the pennant race"

  2. ahead, in front, before(adverb)

    at or in the front

    "I see the lights of a town ahead"; "the road ahead is foggy"; "staring straight ahead"; "we couldn't see over the heads of the people in front"; "with the cross of Jesus marching on before"

  3. ahead, forward(adverb)

    toward the future; forward in time

    "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring"; "I look forward to seeing you"

  4. ahead, onward, onwards, forward, forwards, forrader(adverb)

    in a forward direction

    "go ahead"; "the train moved ahead slowly"; "the boat lurched ahead"; "moved onward into the forest"; "they went slowly forward in the mud"

  5. ahead, in advance, beforehand(adverb)

    ahead of time; in anticipation

    "when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount"; "We like to plan ahead"; "should have made reservations beforehand"

  6. ahead(adverb)

    to a more advanced or advantageous position

    "a young man sure to get ahead"; "pushing talented students ahead"

  7. ahead(adverb)

    to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future)

    "moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday"; "pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday"

  8. ahead, out front, in the lead(adverb)

    leading or ahead in a competition

    "the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch"; "ahead by two pawns"; "our candidate is in the lead in the polls"; "way out front in the race"; "the advertising campaign put them out front in sales"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ahead(adverb)əˈhɛd

    in front of

    The red car moved ahead.; two people ahead of me in line; Keep going, straight ahead.

  2. aheadəˈhɛd

    in or toward the future

    We're looking ahead to next year.

  3. aheadəˈhɛd

    more successful

    She's working hard to get ahead in the company.; One team is ahead of us in the league.

  4. aheadəˈhɛd

    before the planned time

    The tunnel was finished ahead of schedule.


  1. ahead(Adverb)

    In or to the front; in advance; onward.

    The island bore but a little ahead of us. --Fielding.

  2. ahead(Adverb)

    Having progressed more.

    He is far ahead of his class in math.

  3. ahead(Adverb)

    In the direction one is facing or moving.

    Just ahead you can see the cliffs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ahead(adverb)

    in or to the front; in advance; onward

  2. Ahead(adverb)

    headlong; without restraint

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AHEAD' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1711

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AHEAD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1438

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AHEAD' in Adverbs Frequency: #148

Anagrams of AHEAD

  1. aahed

Translations for AHEAD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with of ) in front; in advance

He went on ahead of me; We are well ahead (of our rivals).

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