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Synonyms for early
ˈɜr liear·ly

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  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 Antonyms

  1. early

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

    late, tardily, backward, vespertinal, belated

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  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 Words

  1. earlyadjective

    seasonable, timely, forehanded, premature

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How to use early in a sentence?

  1. Sinan Ulgen:

    It serves Bahceli’s purpose more to see the HDP acquire cabinet positions under an election government, they want to be able to criticize AKP and Erdogan from the sidelines ... and use that in their election campaign. They actually want Erdogan to call early elections. That's the MHP's strategy I think.

  2. Wyatt Cooper:

    If you were around in early 1980s it was pretty hard to miss the jeans she helped create but that was her public face - the one she learned to hide behind as a child, her private self, her real self - that was more fascinating and more lovely than anything she showed the public.

  3. Severin Cabannes:

    Since early February, we have carried out a review of all the activities of corporate and investment banking. Our goal is to restore the business' profitability above the cost of capital.

  4. Federico Bernardini:

    Investigation of the sites will be crucial to study early Roman military architecture and the origin of Roman military camps.

  5. John Wakeman-Linn:

    The improvement (in Sierra Leone) reflects the pick-up in economic activities following the end of Ebola and the resumption of iron ore mining early this year.

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