What does earlier mean?

Definitions for earlier

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word earlier.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. earlier, earliest(adverb)

    (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"; "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"

  2. earlier, before(adverb)

    earlier in time; previously

    "I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "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"

  3. sooner, earlier(adverb)

    comparatives of `soon' or `early'

    "Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected"

  4. in the first place, earlier, in the beginning, to begin with, originally(adverb)

    before now

    "why didn't you tell me in the first place?"

Wiktionary

  1. earlier(Adverb)

    previously; before now; sooner

    I shall be late because I didn't start earlier.

  2. earlier(Adjective)

    occurring previously

    I shall be late because I missed the earlier train.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1091

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Written Corpus Frequency: #948

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Adverbs Frequency: #103

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of earlier in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of earlier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. von Weizsacker:

    Nature is earlier than man, but man is earlier than natural science.

  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times

  3. Hannah Arendt:

    What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.

  4. Svetlana Kuznetsova on Wednesday:

    I was 5-1 up in that first set, so when I was 5-1 up in the third set I was thinking to myself that I really couldn't repeat what happened earlier, i served better as the match went on, tried to take the ball a little earlier.

  5. Erich Fromm:

    If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.

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