What does ahead mean?

Definitions for ahead
əˈhɛdahead

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. ahead, forwardadverb

    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, 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"

  5. 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"

  6. aheadadverb

    to a more advanced or advantageous position

    "a young man sure to get ahead"; "pushing talented students ahead"

  7. aheadadverb

    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 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"

Wiktionary

  1. aheadadverb

    In or to the front; in advance; onward.

    The island bore but a little ahead of us. --Fielding.

  2. aheadadverb

    Having progressed more.

    He is far ahead of his class in math.

  3. aheadadverb

    In the direction one is facing or moving.

    Just ahead you can see the cliffs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aheadadverb

    in or to the front; in advance; onward

  2. Aheadadverb

    headlong; without restraint

  3. 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

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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. Michel Combes:

    We think it is necessary to go ahead with a complete revamp of competition policy which today is suicidal for European interests - notably for our industry.

  2. Aung Thein:

    In the past, they had to seek prior permission at least five days in advance. Now, they have to notify the authorities only two days ahead.

  3. Julia Fitzgerald:

    Going from an analog platform to a digital one has put us far ahead of the competition, the tablets enable the franchisee to expand their business model, and all of this data helps corporate and our franchisees adapt our products for greater student outcomes.

  4. Bruce Currie:

    Justice has not been done. If this mine goes ahead, it risks draining away the groundwater that our lives and businesses depend on.

  5. Hans Kjelsrud:

    If oil prices remain at this level a few years ahead, there will be some companies who encounter problems.

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