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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earlier, earliest(adverb)

    (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"

    Synonyms:
    earliest

    Antonyms:
    late, middle

  2. earlier, before(adverb)

    earlier in time; previously

    "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:
    in the beginning, originally, ahead, to begin with, sooner, in front, in the first place, before

    Antonyms:
    middle, late

  3. sooner, earlier(adverb)

    comparatives of `soon' or `early'

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

    Synonyms:
    sooner, rather, in the beginning, originally, before, to begin with, preferably, in the first place

    Antonyms:
    middle, late

  4. in the first place, earlier, in the beginning, to begin with, originally(adverb)

    before now

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

    Synonyms:
    in the beginning, primitively, in the first place, originally, before, sooner, to begin with, primarily

    Antonyms:
    late, middle

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. earlier

    Antecedent may denote simple priority in time, implying no direct connection between that which goes before and that which follows; as, the striking of one clock may be always antecedent to the striking of another with no causal connection between them. Antecedent and previous may refer to that which goes or happens at any distance in advance, preceding is limited to that which is immediately or next before; an antecedent event may have happened at any time before; the preceding transaction is the one completed just before the one with which it is compared; a previous statement or chapter may be in any part of the book that has gone before; the preceding statement or chapter comes next before without an interval. Previous often signifies first by right; as, a previous engagement. Foregoing is used only of that which is spoken or written; as, the foregoing statements. Anterior, while it can be used of time, is coming to be employed chiefly with reference to place; as the anterior lobes of the brain. Prior bears exclusive reference to time, and commonly where that which is first in time is first also in right; as, a prior demand. Former is used of time, or of position in written or printed matter, not of space in general. We can say former times, a former chapter, etc., but not the former part of a garden; we should say the front part of the garden, the forward car of a train. Former has a close relation, or sharp contrast, with something following; the former always implies the latter, even when not fully expressed, as in Acts i, 1, and Eccles. vii, 10.

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, anterior, foregoing, former, forward, front, introductory, precedent, preceding, preliminary, previous, prior

    Antonyms:
    after, concluding, consequent, following, hind, hinder, hindmost, later, latter, posterior, subsequent, succeeding

    Preposition:
    Such was the state of things previous to the revolution. [Previous to is often used adverbially, in constructions where previously to would be more strictly correct; as, these arrangements were made previous to my departure.]

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. earlier(a)

    Synonyms:
    antecedent

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How to use earlier in a sentence?

  1. Lewis Mumford:

    By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed.

  2. Ippei Yamanaka:

    Members of the family shed tears as they went to see the site, it was particularly moving to see Mr. Sato's father asking the leader of the Kempeitai (a Japanese military rescue team), with many tears in his eyes, for them to continue the search operation and for it to finish earlier even by just one day.

  3. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon:

    The transition to 5G is going to be faster than earlier transitions, now we have to bring it to everyone.

  4. J. William Fulbright:

    To me, the irony of this involvement with size, as I observed earlier, is the unwillingness or inability of so many Americans to identify themselves with something as vast as the United States. Bigger cars, bigger parking lots, bigger corporate structures, bigger farms, bigger drug stores, bigger supermarkets, bigger motion-picture screens. The tangible and the functional expand, while the intangible and the beautiful shrink. Left to wither is the national purpose, national educational needs, literature and theater, and our critical faculties. The national dialogue is gradually being lost in a froth of misleading self-congratulation and cliche. National needs and interests are slowly being submerged by the national preoccupation with the irrelevant.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing they die earlier.


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