What does earlier mean?

Definitions for earlier
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earlier, earliest(adverb)

    (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, before(adverb)

    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, earlier(adverb)

    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, originally(adverb)

    before now

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

Wiktionary

  1. earlier(Adverb)

    previously; before now; sooner

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

  2. earlier(Adjective)

    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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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

How to say earlier in sign language?

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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. Katherine McKenzie:

    If they had done these screenings earlier, perhaps the children wouldn't have died, if you're taking people into your custody, you're responsible for their health.

  2. Delia Salvatierra:

    Every single client that I have had in custody during this time has had Covid. Not one has escaped it, i think from( the Department of Homeland Security) point of view, they're doing what they can to isolate individuals but the problem starts much earlier. It starts from co-mingling people. There's no safe way to maintain people in a closed environment, when people are coming in and out, such as the guards and staff.

  3. Baroness Neville-Jones:

    Now that it's functioning well, we're not so worried about it. Earlier on, when we first came in [to government], people were extremely worried, the country is definitely on a better footing now than it was five years ago.

  4. Jeremy Batstone-Carr:

    The Fed's statement earlier in the week helped to squeeze us higher. But the market doesn't have a high degree of conviction at the moment, the outlook remains one of sub-trend growth and low inflation. The downgrades in Italy illustrate that we're not out of the woods as far as growth is concerned.

  5. Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov:

    The consultations (with OPEC) are under way, look at the forecasts we had produced earlier. In that sense, you will understand that we are within the (pricing) corridor that we had forecast.

Images & Illustrations of earlier

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