What does earlier mean?

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ear·li·er

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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

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. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    Maybe a little earlier.

  2. Margaret Chan:

    We ought to have reacted far earlier.

  3. Nelveta Skyers:

    If I came earlier I would be gone already.

  4. Grace Huang:

    They could have done a lot more a lot earlier.

  5. Sarah Friend:

    I keep wondering, could we have found this earlier?

Images & Illustrations of earlier

  1. earlierearlierearlier

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