Definitions for earlyˈɜr li
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ear•lyˈɜr li(adv.; adj.)-li•er, -li•est.
(adv.)in or during the first part of a period of time, course of action, or series of events:
early in the year.
in the early part of the morning:
to get up early.
before the usual or appointed time; ahead of time.
far back in time:
The Greeks early learned to navigate.
(adj.)occurring in the first part of a period of time, course of action, or series of events:
an early hour of the day.
occurring before the usual or appointed time:
an early dinner.
belonging to a period far back in time.
occurring in the near future:
I look forward to an early reply.
Hort. appearing or maturing before most others of its type:
Idioms for early:
early on,not long after the beginning.
Origin of early:
bef. 950; ME erlich (adj.), erliche (adv.), OE ǣrlīc, ǣrlīce
Jubal Anderson, 1816–94, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
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"
early(a), former(a), other(a)(adj)
belonging to the distant past
"the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
"at an early age"
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"
early on, early(adverb)
during an early stage
"early on in her career"
early, ahead of time, too soon(adverb)
before the usual time or the time expected
"she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"
in good time
"he awoke betimes that morning"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
early November/January; It's too early to make a decision.
I got there 30 minutes early.; He got on an earlier flight.
first or one of the first; = initial
Early cars had few safety features; an early version of his novel
Let's go earlier to avoid traffic.
flowers that can be planted early
Sign up early to avoid disappointment.
in the first part of a period or process
I think I mentioned that earlier.
in the first part of a period or process
I knew early on that I wasn't happy.
A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.
At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
We finished the project an hour sooner than scheduled, so we left early.
At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on-time.
Near the start or beginning.
Origin: From erly, erli, ærlice, from ær + adverbial suffix -lice. Cognate with Old Norse árla ( > Danish and Norwegian årle, Swedish arla)
soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early
in advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; -- opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit
coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc
Translations for early
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
belonging to, or happening, near the beginning of a period of time etc
early morning; in the early part of the century.
- في بِدايَةArabic
- в началотоBulgarian
- começoPortuguese (BR)
- časný, ranýCzech
- αρχικός, πρωινόςGreek
- زود؛ آغازینFarsi
- tôt, au début deFrench
- आरंभ काHindi
- snemm-; fyrri; fyrsti;í byrjunIcelandic
- presto, all'inizio diItalian
- pada awalMalay
- زود؛ آغازینPersian
- devreme; de (la)începutRomanian
- ранний; начальныйRussian
- skorý, ranýSlovak
- ก่อน; แต่แรก; มาก่อน; แรก; ตอนต้น; เร็ว; แต่ก่อนThai
- başında, başlarındaTurkish
- 初期的Chinese (Trad.)
- ابتدائی حصے سے تعلق رکھنے والاUrdu
- đầu; sớmVietnamese
- 早的Chinese (Simp.)
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