(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"
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"
comparatives of `soon' or `early'
"Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected"
in the first place, earlier, in the beginning, to begin with, originally(adverb)
"why didn't you tell me in the first place?"
previously; before now; sooner
I shall be late because I didn't start earlier.
I shall be late because I missed the earlier train.
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Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1091
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Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Written Corpus Frequency: #948
Rank popularity for the word 'earlier' in Adverbs Frequency: #103
The numerical value of earlier in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of earlier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
It's noticeable that the financial institutions here are very eager to hear what entrepreneurs and start-ups are doing, because they've seen a little bit earlier that it's something they need to catch on to.
What really accounted for most of the risk for the girls was sexual behavior, basically the earlier they initiated intercourse and the more partners they had the more likely they were to become pregnant.
In the case of COVID-19, patients who pass away from the disease were infected 2-3 weeks previously on average. The outbreak in Italy has been evolving for longer than other places in Europe, and therefore more patients will have completed their final outcome and either been discharged or sadly passed away, other European countries, which are earlier in the epidemic, may well begin to experience deaths in the coming days and weeks.
There's a little nervousness about earnings reports that we'll be seeing over the next couple or three weeks, the international situation continues to weigh on people's minds, and commodities were weaker earlier. In the absence of any strong new economic data or blow-away-type earnings results, people are still cautious, waiting for the Fed to decide on whether it's going to raise rates or not.
It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives while a number of others have been seriously injured following the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California earlier today, my heart goes out to all the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured in this appalling accident. My Department in Dublin stands ready to provide all possible consular assistance to the Irish citizens affected by this tragedy.
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