What does ahead mean?

Definitions for ahead
əˈhɛdahead

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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"

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + head.]

  2. Ahead(adverb)

    headlong; without restraint

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + head.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ahead

    a-hed′, adv. farther on: in advance: headlong, as in the phrase 'to go ahead.'

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ahead

    A term especially referable to any object farther onward, or immediately before the ship, or in the course steered, and therefore opposed to astern.--Ahead of the reckoning, is sailing beyond the estimated position of the ship.--Ahead is also used for progress; as, cannot get ahead, and is generally applied to forward, in advance.

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

How to pronounce ahead?

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How to say ahead in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ahead in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ahead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ahead in a Sentence

  1. Torsten Sloek:

    The cost of this approach is that market expectations become unanchored but they may view this as a small cost relative to sending strong signals ahead of a meeting where there seems to be limited consensus among( rate setting) members.

  2. Park Sung-soon:

    LG's competitor Samsung recently cut prices for its TV products in a bid to get ahead as Chinese television makers have been rapidly catching up.

  3. Kenneth Hartzfeld:

    So, when someone comes in like that, we have help them, to protect them. So we ended up intubating him and putting him on a ventilator. Four days later, Hartzfeld, then 17, woke up in the ICU and later underwent a 11-hour surgery to repair his facial bones with titanium plates. Hartzfeld walked out of the hospital 19 days later wearing his team’s baseball cap, and determined to go back to school and his sport. He was back in class less than a month after the accident, with his jaw wired shut, wearing a tracheotomy tube and a gastrostomy tube. Originally, they said I would probably never play baseball again, but I decided that was wrong. I wanted to play. Hartzfeld, a shortstop and pitcher, is now playing summer baseball, and the college scouts have started coming around again. This chapter of my life is now over, and I can only look ahead.

  4. Edward Chang:

    We've got a tall order ahead of us to figure out how to make that work.

  5. Pope Francis:

    Dear friends, I begin my visit filled with excitement and hope for the days ahead.

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