In or to the front; in advance; onward.
The island bore but a little ahead of us. --Fielding.
Having progressed more.
He is far ahead of his class in math.
In the direction one is facing or moving.
Just ahead you can see the cliffs.
ahead(p), in the lead, leadingadverb
having the leading position or higher score in a contest
"he is ahead by a pawn"; "the leading team in the pennant race"
ahead, in front, beforeadverb
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"
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"
ahead, onward, onwards, forward, forwards, forraderadverb
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"
ahead, in advance, beforehandadverb
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"
to a more advanced or advantageous position
"a young man sure to get ahead"; "pushing talented students ahead"
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"
ahead, out front, in the leadadverb
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"
in or to the front; in advance; onward
Etymology: [Pref. a- + head.]
headlong; without restraint
Etymology: [Pref. a- + head.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-hed′, adv. farther on: in advance: headlong, as in the phrase 'to go ahead.'
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'ahead' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1711
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ahead' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1438
Rank popularity for the word 'ahead' in Adverbs Frequency: #148
The numerical value of ahead in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of ahead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
We worked with the Senate ahead of time, from the summer on, to put this bill together.
An oil tanker was supposed to dock at the port this morning; but the weather was against this. We will wait until the weather allows us to go ahead.
There is also a sense of relief at seeing Abe turn his attention back to the economy after putting so much of his focus toward a controversial security bill, the markets need him to keep an eye on the economy, and he's starting to do that because of the elections ahead.
There is a difficult time for coal mining ahead of us, but I believe that together, with joint actions of the government, the state and the coal miners it will be possible to create good prospects for the coal industry. It has to be merged with the electricity sector.
Congratulations to my husband, he was working very hard. And he loves you, we love you and we are going ahead to Nevada and we'll see what happens.
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