Definition of 'early'


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1. A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.

2. At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.

3. Near the start or beginning.

4. Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on-time.

5. Of or belonging to a previous or remote period of time.

6. Maturing or developing relatively soon.

7. Occurring in the near future.

8. Occurring, developing, or appearing before the expected or usual time.

9. Of or occurring near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events.

10. Of or belonging to an initial stage of development.

11. (Philol.) See the Note under English.

12. the first of the pointed or Gothic styles used in England, succeeding the Norman style in the 12th and 13th centuries.

13. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; -- opposed to late

14. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.

15. of an early stage in the development of a language or literature

16. at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

17. expected in the near future

18. very young

19. being or occurring at an early stage of development

20. At a time before expected; sooner than usual.

21. Soon in relation to others of its kind.

22. At or during a remote or initial period.

23. Before the expected or usual time.

24. Near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events.

25. At or near the beginning of the morning.

26. Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes.

27. in good time

28. during an early stage

29. before the usual time or the time expected

30. In embryology, very young; very recently formed: as, an early embryo.

31. Occurring in the near future: as, I shall take an early opportunity of calling on you; the petitioners asked that a meeting be called at an early date.

32. Synonyms Early, Soon, Betimes. Early is relative, and notes occurrence before some fixed or usual time, or before the course of time had far advanced beyond that point: as, he rose early (that is, he rose before the usual time of rising, or before the day had advanced far); he came early in the evening (that is, before the evening was far advanced); while in “come early” the meaning may be only “do not be late in your coming, or do not delay your coming beyond the set or accustomed time.” Soon means shortly, or in a short time after the present or some fixed point of time: as, come soon; he left soon after my arrival. Betimes (by time) means in good time for some specific object or all useful purposes: as, he rose betimes.

33. Pertaining to the first part or period of some division of time, or of some course in time; being at or near the beginning of the portion of time indicated or concerned: as, an early hour; early manhood; the early times of the church.

34. Near the initial point of some reckoning in time; in or during the first part or period of some division of time, or of some course or procedure: as, come early; early in the day, or in the century; early in his career.

35. Appearing or occurring in advance of, or at or near the beginning of, some appointed, usual, or well-understood date, epoch, season, or event; being before the usual time: as, an early riser; early fruit; early (that is, premature) decay; early marriage.

36. (early on) At an early stage or point.


1. At least it is milder than earlier in the week.

2. The printing plants were raided in the early hours without explanation.

3. The thing about getting up so early is that one is full of optimism.

4. That is something they themselves were not doing earlier this season but are now.

5. You have to go back to early last year for anything better.

6. early to bed and a cold shower first thing can help.

7. It is far too early for him to be thinking of England.

8. It has also emerged that a further 200 senior managers were let go earlier this month.

9. European security has not looked as perilous since the early 1980s.

10. What can you suggest for a week early in the school summer holidays?

11. They were less thrilled when the party was still going strong in the early hours.

12. We get them up early and work them hard doing household chores and work round the farm.

13. They then went to bed in the early hours.

14. My desire to forgo parenthood goes back to early childhood.

15. It is important he has a couple of good early saves in front of the fans.

16. These are illustrations of a difficulty all reformers faced in the early part of the nineteenth century.

17. In earlier times it had been a music hall.

18. We often had to leave class or go home early.

19. It took its place on the shelves earlier this month.

20. We have also been catching male crabs a lot earlier than usual.

21. Owners of shops and restaurants could check on the businesses they closed weeks earlier.

22. The rest of the explanation seeps out gradually as midnight melts into the early hours.

23. Research shows that getting up early is linked to good health.

24. It is far too early to name a decade when we are only one day into it.

25. The game hinged on a five-minute period early in the first half.

26. She did it brilliantly, peaking perfectly and rendering judgments of her early season meaningless.

27. The financial argument for Scottish independence was constructed in an earlier period.

28. And yet, it is in its earliest beginnings that we still see it at its most beautiful.

29. Those of us who remember the 1970s and early 1980s know how damaging the oil shocks were.

30. She was most active in the 1970s and early 1980s.

31. In the early 1990s, they were the best team in the world.

32. Within four minutes he has worked out that he bought a painting from my father-in-law in the early 1970s.

33. Thirty-five perished at an indefinitely early date; hence it follows that Zonaras has only Books One to Twenty-one at hand to use for his account of _early_ Rome; besides these he has later employed Books

34. Ah, how many of those that heard the early ones are laid in their graves; and how many of them were laid in _early_ graves; and how many of them said, as some of you are saying, 'When I get older I will turn religious'!

35. They soon discovered, that to rise early, they must _go to bed early_; and thus was this most important object secured, with regard to girls as well as boys.

36. Twice in the past year, Mr. Papandreou has flirted with ending his term early because of public discontent with his austerity policies.

37. The term early menopause also refers to women who experience menopause naturally but earlier than usual generally before the age of forty.

38. Mike Farrell, the actor and dedicated humanitarian activist, added his name early on.

39. ‘Twenty-five pensioners enjoyed a free lunch as an early Christmas present from their local pub.’

40. ‘Just to really stoke things up, we arrived at Lyneham to find that we'd been booked an early lunch in the canteen.’

41. ‘Monday was an early lunch of homemade mince pie, chips and veg at Via Veneto.’

42. ‘Mum was booked on the 12.55 back to Edinburgh, so it had to be an early lunch, come hail or shine.’

43. ‘I'd pretty well given up on the day, took an early lunch, popped a couple of painkillers and took to my bed.’

44. ‘Once I had finished updating a monthly report, I took an early lunch and met her for a coffee.’

45. ‘After an early lunch we packed some kit into a couple of bags and off we went to catch the ferry to Brownsea Island.’

46. ‘He's off to Aus for a month on Thursday so we grabbed an early Christmas drink down near his office in Leatherhead.’

47. ‘We had decided to get an early start and headed out to Kirkuk and then to Tikrit.’

48. ‘There was an early start each day, admittedly, but I covered nearly 100 miles a day and got a lot done in between.’

49. ‘Saturday will be centrepiece of the trek, and an early start will take them over a high mountain pass to Spain.’

50. ‘Any protracted celebrations were curtailed by the early start to the Derry championship.’

51. ‘He was three-quarters of a length up at the line, and could have gained no more than a neck's advantage by his early start.’

52. ‘It's an idea that repeatedly surfaces in magazines and newspapers trying to sell an early start to the weekend.’

53. ‘The concentration of starch in stage two nodosities indicates a relatively early onset of starch accumulation.’

54. ‘The early onset of agricultural innovation there cannot be ascribed to above-average urban demand.’

55. ‘It's still early, but I may well get an entire chapter out of that little spark of an idea.’

56. ‘With early planting it is essential that a good seed treatment be used to protect the seed.’

57. ‘The IAEA mission has handed the plant management an early report on their work.’

58. ‘It is expected that the union will shortly call an early general assembly.’

59. ‘However, for early crops in the south of the country, disease outbreak can be much earlier.’

60. ‘Two types of monad pollen are present in early orchids, namely that with pollenkitt and that with elastoviscin.’

61. ‘Many of the early maturing varieties are best when ripened under relatively cool conditions.’

62. ‘Wild plants such as the early marsh orchids are very selective about where they grow.’

63. ‘In several cases it is possible to test this by comparing early and late varieties of titanite from the same sample or same locality.’

64. ‘The garden is taking on its autumn hues and late-flowering plants dominate while early bloomers fade.’

65. ‘It was early morning and he had been parking his van near a site where he was working as a labourer, when he and a co-worker saw the fire.’

66. ‘It was early in the morning and the sun was just beginning to show its lovely face from the horizon.’

67. ‘The early goal in that second period helped lift us, gave us something to hold on to, and from then on we played well.’

68. ‘From early morning, the general atmosphere was calm and relaxed, more in tune with a public festival than a mass protest.’

69. ‘An early goal after 30 seconds had the team from Portmagee under pressure from the start.’

70. ‘In the early hours of the morning, police saw a driver using fog lights when there was no need for it and checked him.’

71. ‘We had already done around a dozen surgical cases in the morning and the early afternoon.’

72. ‘It now goes to the Senate, where little opposition is expected, in early March.’

73. ‘However, Stevenson and his film crew have been warned to expect a few early alarm calls before they finally have the film in the can.’

74. ‘We expected reasonable weather in early September, but boy, were we disappointed!’

75. ‘They have until September 30 to submit final bids, and a winner is expected by early October.’

76. ‘A decision on how the court will proceed is expected sometime in early April.’

77. ‘It is fascinating walking country, greener in early summer than you might expect.’

78. ‘He had gone to his gentleman's club and was not expected to return until early evening.’

79. ‘An employee in his early thirties may well expect to retire at an earlier age than employees in their late fifties.’

80. ‘The early work, expected to start soon, will focus on the nature reserve.’

81. ‘Rangers settled quickest and took an early lead from a diving header by Smith from Philips cross.’

82. ‘The trials programme emerged as an ingenious political expedient in early 1998.’

83. ‘A quick listen to their early songs proves just how clued in this group was from the start.’

84. ‘It's never too early in the spring to plant the radish seeds, as long as the soil can be worked.’

85. ‘I congratulate all those MPs who have had the courage of their convictions in signing up to this early day motion.’

86. ‘She returned to bed but called an ambulance in the early hours of the next day when she heard that her husband had stopped snoring.’

87. ‘Richard's uncle Mel Taylor, who runs the Blue Pits Inn, Manchester Road, Castleton, stayed up until the early hours of Monday morning to share his success.’

88. ‘The Islamic expansion of the early medieval period was not waged for glory, or any of the other factors I listed at the top of this op.’

89. ‘As we get into the post-Roman / early medieval period we have a series of bows from Denmark and Germany.’

90. ‘During the early post-war period, however, there was a marked turn towards a more analytical style.’

91. ‘Contrary to what many books say, neither chess or draughts were commonly played in the early medieval period.’

92. ‘In the early modern period Descartes seems to have taken this position.’

93. ‘The unitary empire of the early Islamic period had fragmented into numerous regional and local states.’

94. ‘When we look at this Hadith, we have a glimpse of life in the early Islamic period.’

95. ‘Brading's book is a fine study that scholars of the early modern period should read.’

96. ‘We are only now beginning to see how much survived of Roman and Celtic culture in the early medieval period.’

97. ‘For historians of the early modern period the study of death has proven especially fruitful.’

98. ‘The main phase of construction of the visible walls of the fort, however, belongs to the early medieval period.’

99. ‘This early sequence, without a trace of dignity or sensitivity, sets the tone for the entire film.’

100. ‘The early chapters are strong on narrative and pace but the ending sort of fades.’

101. ‘A penniless writer used to sit here all day, writing the early draft chapters of her now famous novel.’

102. ‘She narrates the early chapters with an innocence and knowingness that is touching, funny and disturbing.’

103. ‘The early chapters are not well handled from a technical point of view.’

104. ‘In my eyes, this is an exceptionally well written book, particularly in the early chapters.’

105. ‘The fact that we know how this horrible story ends makes it difficult for us to analyse the early chapters.’

106. ‘The early chapters are a little confusing perhaps, and the ending is a tad predictable.’

107. ‘Thackeray, as he penned the early chapters, saw a rather more dignified narrative future for William.’

108. ‘These early chapters confirm much of what was suspected but not known about the Tampa crisis.’

109. ‘The plot is triggered in the early chapters of the novel when a colleague is murdered.’

110. ‘Just how rapid the early stages of recovery can be is shown for Anomodon viticulosus in Fig.3.’

111. ‘It reminded me a lot of the early parts of the peyote sequence in Animal Man.’

112. ‘With the transformation still in its early stages revenues are expected to decline.’

113. ‘For many crop species, such as corn or wheat, varieties involved in the early stages of domestication are lost.’

114. ‘During the early stages of plant development, internode elongation is suppressed and only leaves expand.’

115. ‘Browsing may cause profuse basal branching and maintain plants at an early stage of growth and development.’

116. ‘Mr Miller told us that one question kept cropping up from an early stage.’

117. ‘In roots of wild-type plants of cultivar Finale, all early stages of infection were identified.’

118. ‘Mr Oliver said that plans for the plant were in the early stages and more details would be released next month.’

119. ‘The versatile early potato Solanum tuberosum has many varieties, which have their own distinct season in Britain: earlies, second earlies and main crop.’

120. ‘He is currently harvesting Lady Christl earlies which are being sold through Tesco's Welsh stores.’

121. ‘We're only growing 2 varieties of spuds this year - Red Duke of York for earlies and Desiree for main crop.’

122. ‘The Pembrokeshire crop won't be harvested until May 7th, so they have imported earlies from Israel.’

123. ‘Although they are independent growers, they are marketing their earlies through the growers' co-operative.’

124. ‘If you are lucky, earlies will be ready before blight strikes; if it hits your maincrop, you'll see yellow stains on the leaves, which then spread.’

125. ‘An over-abundance of main crop potatoes in storage is depressing the price of Pembrokeshire-produced earlies.’

126. ‘The present spell of current weather is hampering growth and maturity with expected harvesting dates of first earlies now being delayed.’

127. ‘Meanwhile, Puffin Produce growers will be producing 500 acres of earlies on contract for retail giant, Asda.’

128. ‘By planting time - the end of the month for first earlies and, if you're busy, as late as early May for the maincrop - the eyes should have produced short tough shoots.’

129. ‘To make absolutely sure of a constant supply, I planted some earlies, some mediums and some late fruiting varieties.’

130. ‘The spokesman said the company was committed to maintaining its link with Pembrokeshire earlies.’

131. ‘Mr Hayman, who has been growing earlies for nearly 40 years, had been runner-up four times.’

132. ‘The Marketing Co-ordinator added that it is looking increasingly likely that the entry of the first and second earlies onto both the home and overseas markets will be later than last year.’

133. ‘First earlies are planted between the end of March and early April and take about 100 days before cropping.’

134. ‘He asked to be put on earlies so he could pick her up from school.’

135. ‘Because the ITV network is 24 hours a day, the whole thing is based on shift work so we work a series of earlies, lates and nights.’

136. ‘But our allowances for working earlies, which means starting at 4.15 am, have stayed at £11.75 over the same period.’

137. ‘With earlies you can't get the tube to work because it's not running so it's the night bus or the bike.’

138. an early death

Other users have misspelling early as:

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2. ealy 4.05%

3. earli 3.27%

4. eraly 1.79%

5. Other 81%

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