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Definition 1: with the least delay - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • the soonest I can arrive is 3 P.M.

Synonyms for earliest in the sense of this definition

Definition 2: (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where earliest 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 earliest in the sense of this definition

(earliest 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"

(earliest 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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