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Definition 1: at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • 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

(early is similar to ...) being somewhat early

"at an earlyish hour"

(early is similar to ...) formed in the later of two divisions of the Precambrian era

"proterozoic life forms"

(early is similar to ...) too soon or too hasty

"our condemnation of him was a bit previous" "a premature judgment"

(early is similar to ...) uncommonly early or before the expected time

"illness led to his premature death" "alcohol brought him to an untimely end"

(early is similar to ...) very early

"the wee hours of the morning"

(early is similar to ...) (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"

(early is similar to ...) before the appearance of life

"azoic rocks contain not organic remains"

(early is similar to ...) of or belonging to earlier of two divisions of the Precambrian era

"archeozoic life forms"

(early is similar to ...) of or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon

(early is similar to ...) being ahead of time or need

"gave advance warning" "was beforehand with her report"

(early is similar to ...) having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

"aboriginal forests" "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth" "the forest primeval" "primordial matter" "primordial forms of life"

(early is similar to ...) indicating the first or earliest or original

"`proto' is a combining form in a word like `protolanguage' that refers to the hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages"

(means also ...) preceding all others in time or space or degree

"the first house on the right" "the first day of spring" "his first political race" "her first baby" "the first time" "the first meetings of the new party" "the first phase of his training"

(... are attributes of early) the time when something happens

Definition 2: of an early stage in the development of a language or literature - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C.
  • Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700

(early is similar to ...) of a very early stage in development

"Old English is also called Anglo Saxon" "Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"

(early belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 3: being or occurring at an early stage of development - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • in an early stage
  • early forms of life
  • early man
  • an early computer

(early is similar to ...) little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

"archaic forms of life" "primitive mammals" "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"

(early is similar to ...) (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity

"new potatoes" "young corn"

(early is similar to ...) belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness

"the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man" "primitive movies of the 1890s" "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"

(early is similar to ...) in an early stage of development

"the embryonic government staffed by survivors of the massacre" "an embryonic nation, not yet self-governing"

(early is similar to ...) only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

"incipient civil disorder" "an incipient tumor" "a vague inchoate idea"

(early is similar to ...) appearing or developing early

"precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias"

Definition 4: before the usual time or the time expected - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • she graduated early
  • the house was completed ahead of time

Synonyms for early in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: during an early stage - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • early on in her career

Synonyms for early in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: in good time - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • he awoke betimes that morning

Synonyms for early in the sense of this definition

Definition 7: belonging to the distant past - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • the early inhabitants of Europe
  • former generations
  • in other times

Synonyms for early in the sense of this definition

(early is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

Definition 8: very young - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • at an early age

(early is similar to ...) (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

"young people"

Definition 9: expected in the near future - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • look for an early end to the negotiations

(early is similar to ...) yet to be or coming

"some future historian will evaluate him"

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