What does earlier mean?

Definitions for earlier
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

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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. Thoru Ram:

    Earlier there used to be a lot of trees in the upper reaches but now the mountains are denuded. The trees along the rivers which worked as a flood defense have disappeared in the past few years and hardly any new trees have come up in their place.

  2. Sarah Palin:

    I don't lie, so I'll tell you -- a bit. You know, I think I described it earlier as a gut punch, but again, I'm going to choose to look back on the good times that we did have together.

  3. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Based on the names and country profiles, it should seem they are offering you the same exposure, but they track different indices, their country exposure is going to be different, and that exposure difference helps explain why they perform differently. So far, the discrepancy has helped The Vanguard fund, Todd Rosenbluth said, although both funds have taken a hit since the end of June, when the Shanghai Composite Index started falling. Since then, The Vanguard fund has lost 11.65 percent, while the iShares fund has fallen 12.45 percent. Year to date, The Vanguard fund is down 6.97 percent, and the iShares fund is down 8.89 percent. Chinese shares have been falling on fears that the nation's economy may slow well beyond the 7 percent growth rate that analysts had earlier suggested would be a bottom for that market. China has moved to weaken its currency to bolster its economy and share prices. The difference between the two funds is expected to widen because the two different indexes they follow will be treating Chinese stocks differently. FTSE, the Financial Times Stock Exchange, plans to begin adding onshore Chinese equities, known as A-shares, to its broad emerging markets indexes, which Vanguard follows. The Vanguard benchmark, the FTSE Emerging Index, now has approximately 26 percent exposure to China, according to the mutual fund company. In June, Vanguard said it would begin shifting to a new FTSE index later this year. The new index will have a 29 percent exposure to China, including a 5.6 percent exposure to A-shares. MSCI Inc, however, said in June that it was not ready to include the A-shares in its two emerging market indexes.

  4. Mohamed El-Erian:

    I would have hiked earlier and I would have gotten off zero earlier, but it's easier to say with hindsight, we know that there was a moment when domestic data was relatively strong and international data was okay. Now, the international data is really scary, and therefore the Fed has lost the opportunity when it had some alignment.

  5. Mukaibar Shah:

    Senior politicians who advise people to maintain social distancing for Covid protection wear masks only in front of media camera, otherwise not. When they hold rally and meetings, all social distancing rules are forgotten. Media continue to spread mutation rumor to hide their earlier lies.

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