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. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve:

    This is not the end of the fight that we are leading relentlessly against terrorism, we need to maintain our vigilance to be ahead of the threat.

  2. Jason Zandberg:

    Most of the buying was done ahead of time, if an event is built in and there's no follow-on catalyst they tend to sell off on the news. This is all very positive.

  3. Shamila Chaudhary:

    I will have a hard time saying to people that militants can never steal Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, the more these things happen, that rate of risk goes ahead, and I just think, well, it could happen one day.

  4. Jerry McDevitt:

    WWE was well ahead of sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures and policies as a precautionary measure as the science and research on this issue emerged.

  5. Kamala Harris:

    The road ahead, it will not be easy. But the President-elect and I are hitting the ground running, we don't have a moment to waste.

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