[ UK /ˈɜːlɪɐ/ ]
[ US /ˈɝɫiɝ/ ]
  1. (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early
    Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera
    a fashion popular in earlier times
    his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher
  1. earlier in time; previously
    I mentioned that problem earlier
    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 had known her before
  2. comparatives of `soon' or `early'
    Come a little sooner, if you can
    came earlier than I expected
  3. before now
    why didn't you tell me in the first place?
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How To Use earlier In A Sentence

  • The term "strategic" came up again earlier this year, when Ontario's provincial government set up a committee to debate a proposed merger between London Stock Exchange Group PLC and TMX Group Inc., operator of Canada's flagship Toronto Stock Exchange. Canada Turns Wary Eye to Foreign Bids
  • U.S. network CNN for what it called biased reports on political unrest and on the alleged assault and torture earlier this month of opposition leaders, including Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the main ANC Daily News Briefing
  • The undulating holloway, which has itself sunk through the steady erosion of cartwheels and hooves up to fifteen feet beneath the hillside, translates you from the present into an earlier era when John Nash carved out his woodcuts in English boxwood at the kitchen table under a single lamp-bulb and cultivated the half-wild garden. Wildwood
  • I have nothing to add to my earlier statement.
  • The pace of new auto loans also lost momentum from a month earlier.
  • Earlier, in the B turret of the Achilles, there had been a temporary delay in the shell supply, and the gunhouse crews took the ready-use shells from their racks and fed them into the guns. Graf Spee
  • This latest fly is based on an earlier marabou tailed damsel nymph that was weighted down with lead wire.
  • She'd forgotten that for the next few weeks she'd be sleeping only feet away from the man she'd mistakenly raged at earlier.
  • I see his sensibility as basically that of an earlier age: he is a chivalric knight devoted to his lady; this devotion is like that of a medieval Christian who lives in the world yet profoundly venerates the Virgin Mary. Sena Jeter Naslund - An interview with author
  • Note 17: Joseph Jérôme Lefrançais de Lalande, L'Art de faire le maroquin, ([Paris, 1766]). de Lalande also published earlier work on a similar subject L'Art du tanneur ([Paris], 1764). back The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe
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