What does Early mean?

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ˈɜr liEar·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earlyadjective

    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"

  2. earlyadjective

    being or occurring at an early stage of development

    "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"

  3. early(a), former(a), other(a)adjective

    belonging to the distant past

    "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"

  4. earlyadjective

    very young

    "at an early age"

  5. earlyadjective

    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"

  6. earlyadverb

    expected in the near future

    "look for an early end to the negotiations"

  7. early on, earlyadverb

    during an early stage

    "early on in her career"

  8. early, ahead of time, too soonadverb

    before the usual time or the time expected

    "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"

  9. early, betimesadverb

    in good time

    "he awoke betimes that morning"

Wiktionary

  1. earlynoun

    A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.

    Etymology: From erly, erli, ærlice, from ær + adverbial suffix -lice. Cognate with Old Norse árla ( > Danish and Norwegian årle, Swedish arla)

  2. earlyadverb

    At a time before expected; sooner than usual.

    We finished the project an hour sooner than scheduled, so we left early.

    Etymology: From erly, erli, ærlice, from ær + adverbial suffix -lice. Cognate with Old Norse árla ( > Danish and Norwegian årle, Swedish arla)

  3. earlyadjective

    At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.

    Etymology: From erly, erli, ærlice, from ær + adverbial suffix -lice. Cognate with Old Norse árla ( > Danish and Norwegian årle, Swedish arla)

  4. earlyadjective

    Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on-time.

    Etymology: From erly, erli, ærlice, from ær + adverbial suffix -lice. Cognate with Old Norse árla ( > Danish and Norwegian årle, Swedish arla)

  5. earlyadjective

    Near the start or beginning.

    Etymology: From erly, erli, ærlice, from ær + adverbial suffix -lice. Cognate with Old Norse árla ( > Danish and Norwegian årle, Swedish arla)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earlyadverb

    soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early

    Etymology: [OE. erli, erliche, AS. rlce; r sooner + lc like. See Ere, and Like.]

  2. Earlyadverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. erli, erliche, AS. rlce; r sooner + lc like. See Ere, and Like.]

  3. Earlyadverb

    coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc

    Etymology: [OE. erli, erliche, AS. rlce; r sooner + lc like. See Ere, and Like.]

Freebase

  1. Early

    Early is a city located in Brown County in west-central Texas. The population was 2,762 at the 2010 census. It is named for Walter U. Early, who donated land for the schools. It is home to the Early Independent School District and the Heartland Mall.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Early

    ėr′li, adj. in good season: at or near the beginning of the day: relating to the beginning: happening in the near future.—adv. near the beginning: soon.—n. Ear′liness.—Early and late, at all times; Early bird, an early riser; Early English (archit.), generally applied to the form of Gothic in which the pointed arch was first employed in Britain. The Early English succeeded the Norman towards the end of the 12th century, and merged into the Decorated at the end of the 13th.—Keep early hours, to rise and go to bed betimes; Small and early (coll.), applied to evening parties; The early bird catches the worm, a proverb in favour of early rising. [A.S. árlíceǽr, before.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Early' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #311

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Early' in Written Corpus Frequency: #794

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Early' in Adverbs Frequency: #124

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Early' in Adjectives Frequency: #18

Anagrams for Early »

  1. relay, re-lay

  2. layer

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Early in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Early in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Early in a Sentence

  1. South Carolina Brett Doster:

    We have the resources we need to go deep into this primary process, nobody is going to have a headquarters in Columbia and three field offices this early in the campaign.

  2. Blair Fensterstock:

    I was intrigued by the fact that he was an early supporter of Trump, we all knew he was supportive, but he was not very vocal.

  3. Marie Schubert:

    Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals, shortening sentences as much as 50%, impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk, this petition asks CDCR to repeal these regulations, begin the process anew, and allow for transparency and public input. Victims, their families, and all Californians deserve a fair and honest debate about the wisdom of such drastic regulations.

  4. Susan Marriott:

    Second, some of the people who are most affected today live in remote parts of the world with minimal access to early detection options and state-of-the-art health care.

  5. Brian Deese:

    What is hopeful about this report is that it once again shows not just that these actions are real and we need to act now, but there are real economic dividends to acting early and aggressively.

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