What does earlier mean?

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ear·li·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earlier, earliestadverb

    (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early

    "a fashion popular in earlier times"; "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"; "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"

  2. earlier, beforeadverb

    earlier in time; previously

    "I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; "her parents had died four years earlier"; "I mentioned that problem earlier"

  3. sooner, earlieradverb

    comparatives of `soon' or `early'

    "Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected"

  4. in the first place, earlier, in the beginning, to begin with, originallyadverb

    before now

    "why didn't you tell me in the first place?"

Wiktionary

  1. earlieradverb

    previously; before now; sooner

    I shall be late because I didn't start earlier.

  2. earlieradjective

    occurring previously

    I shall be late because I missed the earlier train.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1091

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Written Corpus Frequency: #948

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Adverbs Frequency: #103

How to pronounce earlier?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of earlier in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of earlier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of earlier in a Sentence

  1. Tom Hanks:

    You are the chosen ones because of a fate unimagined when you began your Wright State University adventures, you started in the olden times, in a world back before the Great Pandemic of 2020. You will talk of those earlier years in your lives in just that way.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    The way it happened is that after [President Trump] made that statement [suggesting China could have revealed the discovery of a new coronavirus threeto fourmonths earlier], I told the appropriate people, it doesnt comport, because twoor threemonths earlier would have been September, the next time they sit down with him and talk about what hes going to say, they will say, By the way, Mr. President, be careful about this and dont say that. But I cant jump in front of the microphone and push him down. OK, he said it. Lets try and get it corrected for the next time.

  3. Christopher Castro:

    The Southwest monsoon does have a relationship to ENSO, such that La Niña conditions tend to weakly favor wetter and earlier monsoons.

  4. Chris Wallace:

    I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn't add up, the timeline for when he learned information and when he decided to act doesn't make a lot of sense.

  5. David Teater:

    I spoke to the New York Beer Wholesalers Association earlier this year, i love speaking to those groups, because every one of the people in the audience represents a different company with lots of employees so the message really spreads out.

Images & Illustrations of earlier

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