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Definition 1: at or in the front - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I see the lights of a town ahead
  • the road ahead is foggy
  • staring straight ahead
  • we couldn't see over the heads of the people in front
  • with the cross of Jesus marching on before

Synonyms for ahead in the sense of this definition

Definition 2: ahead of time; in anticipation - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount
  • We like to plan ahead
  • should have made reservations beforehand

Synonyms for ahead in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: in a forward direction - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • go ahead
  • the train moved ahead slowly
  • the boat lurched ahead
  • moved onward into the forest
  • they went slowly forward in the mud

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Definition 4: leading or ahead in a competition - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch
  • ahead by two pawns
  • our candidate is in the lead in the polls
  • way out front in the race
  • the advertising campaign put them out front in sales

Synonyms for ahead in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future) - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday
  • pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday

Definition 6: to a more advanced or advantageous position - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a young man sure to get ahead
  • pushing talented students ahead

Definition 7: toward the future; forward in time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring
  • I look forward to seeing you

Synonyms for ahead in the sense of this definition

Definition 8: having the leading position or higher score in a contest - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ahead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is ahead by a pawn
  • the leading team in the pennant race

Synonyms for ahead in the sense of this definition

(ahead is similar to ...) being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level

"the anchor is up" "the sun is up" "he lay face up" "he is up by a pawn" "the market is up" "the corn is up"

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