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Synonyms for early
ˈɜr liear·ly

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Wiktionary1.0 / 1 vote

  1. earlyadjective

    prematurely, premature, first

    late, tardily

  2. earlyadjective

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

    We finished the project an hour sooner than scheduled, so we left early.

    first, premature, prematurely

    late, tardily

  3. earlyadjective

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

    first, premature


  4. earlyadjective

    Near the start or beginning.

    premature, first


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. early

    soon, betimes, forward, shortly, quickly, ere long, anon, matutinal, beforehand

    late, tardily, backward, vespertinal, belated

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 2 votes

  1. earlyadjective

    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"

    former(a), early(a), other(a)

    New, latish, present(a), late, future, advanced(a), ripe, after-hours, Modern, advanced, posthumous, mid(a), past, intervening, old, middle, later(a), tardive, tardily, belatedly

  2. earlyadjective

    being or occurring at an early stage of development

    "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"

    former(a), early(a), other(a)

    past, present(a), middle, New, mid(a), posthumous, advanced(a), late, future, tardive, ripe, latish, advanced, Modern, intervening, later(a), old, after-hours, belatedly, tardily

  3. early(a), former(a), other(a)adjective

    belonging to the distant past

    "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"

    ripe, advanced, future, advanced(a), intervening, present(a), late, mid(a), middle, posthumous, old, New, latish, Modern, later(a), past, tardive, after-hours, tardily, belatedly

  4. earlyadjective

    very young

    "at an early age"

    former(a), early(a), other(a)

    middle, New, after-hours, ripe, latish, mid(a), past, old, advanced(a), tardive, late, advanced, present(a), Modern, future, intervening, later(a), posthumous, belatedly, tardily

  5. earlyadjective

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

    "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"

    former(a), early(a), other(a)

    advanced, posthumous, mid(a), New, old, present(a), late, latish, advanced(a), Modern, future, ripe, middle, tardive, after-hours, intervening, later(a), past, tardily, belatedly

  6. earlyadverb

    expected in the near future

    "look for an early end to the negotiations"

    former(a), early(a), other(a)

    middle, later(a), old, advanced(a), late, present(a), latish, mid(a), tardive, after-hours, New, past, posthumous, intervening, advanced, ripe, future, Modern, belatedly, tardily

  7. early on, earlyadverb

    during an early stage

    "early on in her career"

    betimes, early on, too soon, ahead of time

    later(a), old, late, present(a), after-hours, future, New, ripe, latish, middle, mid(a), advanced, Modern, advanced(a), past, posthumous, intervening, tardive, tardily, belatedly

  8. early, ahead of time, too soonadverb

    before the usual time or the time expected

    "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"

    betimes, early on, ahead of time, too soon

    New, future, Modern, later(a), tardive, middle, advanced(a), mid(a), present(a), advanced, late, ripe, past, latish, after-hours, old, posthumous, intervening, tardily, belatedly

  9. early, betimesadverb

    in good time

    "he awoke betimes that morning"

    betimes, early on, ahead of time, too soon

    New, later(a), mid(a), advanced, latish, past, middle, intervening, Modern, ripe, late, present(a), old, posthumous, after-hours, advanced(a), future, tardive, belatedly, tardily

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. earlyadjective

    timely, seasonable, in season, not late

  2. earlyadjective

    forward, premature

  3. earlyadjective

    at dawn, at day-break, at the opening of day

  4. earlyadjective

    soon, betimes, seasonably, in good season, in good time

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. earlyadjective

    seasonable, timely, forehanded, premature

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  1. John Anthony Ciardi:

    Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.

  2. Amanda Kloots:

    The doctor just called and said that Nick is showing very, very, very early, early, early stages of tracking, which means hes starting to wake up, which is huge, early, early, early signs.

  3. Bethany Khan:

    Nevada is an early vote state, i think that trend will stay true in the caucus... This is the first time the union has been an early vote location and this site has seen hundreds of people come through on day one of early vote.

  4. Peter McWilliams:

    If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be.

  5. Karen Pierce:

    This opens up really unprecedented opportunity to get them into early treatment -- potentially early intensive treatment -- and then check to see what kind of impact this is having by the time they reach school age, the brain is very plastic during early development and can be impacted by input from the environment.

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