Definitions for ahead
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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.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from a and head.
And now the mighty Centaur seems to lead,
And now the speedy dolphin gets ahead. John Dryden, Æn.
It is mightily the fault of parents, guardians, tutors, and governours, that so many men miscarry. They suffer them at first to run ahead, and, when perverse inclinations are advanced into habits, there is no dealing with them. Roger L'Estrange, Fab.
Ahead refers to being in a position or situation that is in front of or ahead of others. It can also refer to being ahead in terms of progress, achievement, or success in comparison to others.
in or to the front; in advance; onward
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.
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'ahead' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1711
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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 are ahead of track in terms of balancing the federal budget next year, this gives us flexibility to make additional investments ahead of schedule in a wide range of necessary federal infrastructure projects.
I'm not a teacher only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead-ahead of myself as well as you.
If you are thinking a year ahead, sow seed. If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people.
I have three treasures. Guard and keep them The first is deep love, The second is frugality, And the third is not to dare to be ahead of the world. Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.
It’s been back and forth with them ahead, us ahead, them ahead.
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