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Definition 1: earlier in time; previously - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • 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

Synonyms for earlier in the sense of this definition

Definition 2: comparatives of `soon' or `early' - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • Come a little sooner, if you can
  • came earlier than I expected

Synonyms for earlier in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: before now - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • why didn't you tell me in the first place?

Synonyms for earlier in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a fashion popular in earlier times
  • his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher
  • Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera

Synonyms for earlier in the sense of this definition

(earlier is similar to ...) at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

"early morning" "an early warning" "early diagnosis" "an early death" "took early retirement" "an early spring" "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"

(earlier is used in the usage domain ...) the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

"`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'" "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'" "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

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