What does earlier mean?

Definitions for earlier
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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. Jeff Smith:

    Pakistan has thus far avoided the type of devastating wave witnessed in the U.S. or Italy. However, many fear that the government and health care system is ill-equipped to deal with a coming tide of coronavirus cases, it is highly likely that a lack of testing has contributed to a substantial undercounting of infections. And while the government has begun to implement more sound public health measures, it bungled several opportunities earlier this month when it might have had an opportunity to stem the tide.

  2. Nick Ayers:

    I've enjoyed being involved in every election cycle since 2002 fighting for the policies and the people I believed in. My decision to leave the White House and Washington, D.C. earlier this year was for the sole purpose of stepping back from politics and enjoying this season of life with my wife and three young children. They are the priority now and for the many years to come. Governor Kemp has a number of great options to choose from who will represent our state with success and distinction -- but I won't be one of them.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    And Ill, you know, just add one data point to what you were talking about earlier, John Bolton once suggested on Fox News that the Russian hack of the DNC [Democratic National Committee] was a false flag operation that had been conducted by the Obama administration.

  4. Cal Fire:

    While wildfires are a natural part of California's landscape, the fire season in California and across the West is starting earlier and ending later each year, climate change is considered a key driver of this trend.

  5. David Schoen:

    I saw him a few days earlier.

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