Ear´ly   Pronunciation: ẽr´lŷ
adv.1.Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
Those that me early shall find me.
- Prov. viii. 17.
You must wake and call me early.
- Tennyson.
a.1.In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; - opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit.
2.Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
Seen in life's early morning sky.
- Keble.
The forms of its earlier manhood.
- Longfellow.
Early English
(Philol.) See the Note under English.
Early English architecture
the first of the pointed or Gothic styles used in England, succeeding the Norman style in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Adj.1.early - 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"
late - being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time; "late evening"; "late 18th century"; "a late movie"; "took a late flight"; "had a late breakfast"
middle - between an earlier and a later period of time; "in the middle years"; "in his middle thirties"
2.early - being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
later, late - at or toward an end or late period or stage of development; "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child"
later, late - at or toward an end or late period or stage of development; "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child"
3.early - of the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
Synonyms: former, other
4.early - very young; "at an early age"
5.early - 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"
late - of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; "Late Greek"
middle - of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages; "Middle English is the English language from about 1100 to 1500"; "Middle Gaelic"
6.early - expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations"
Adv.1.early - during an early stage; "early on in her career"
Synonyms: early on
2.early - before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"
belatedly, late, tardily - later than usual or than expected; "the train arrived late"; "we awoke late"; "the children came late to school"; "notice came so tardily that we almost missed the deadline"; "I belatedly wished her a happy birthday"
3.early - in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning"
Synonyms: betimes
a priori, ages ago, ahead, ahead of time, already, anachronistic, ancient, anciently, antecedent, antedated, antediluvian, anterior, anticipative, anticipatory, antiquated, antique, away back, back, backward, before, before all, beforehand, beforetime, beginning, behind time, behindhand, bright and early, ci-devant, dated, earlier, elder, ere, ere then, erenow, erstwhile, ex post facto, fore, foredated, foregoing, forehand, forehanded, foresighted, foresightedly, former, formerly, heretofore, hitherto, immemorial, in advance, in ancient times, in anticipation, in good time, in olden times, in times past, inappropriate, initial, initially, inopportune, into the past, long ago, long since, metachronistic, misdated, mistimed, of old, of yore, old, olden, older, once, onetime, or ever, original, originally, out of date, out of season, overdue, oversoon, parachronistic, past, past due, pioneer, postdated, preceding, precipitant, precocious, precociously, precurrent, preexistent, prehistoric, premature, prematurely, prevenient, previous, previously, primal, prime, primeval, primitive, primordial, prior, priorly, pristine, prochronistic, quondam, recent, retroactive, retrospective, seasonably, senior, some time ago, some time back, sometime, then, theretofore, timely, unanticipated, unexpected, unpunctual, unseasonable, untimely, years ago, yet
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earleaved umbrella tree
Earles penny
earless lizard
earless seal
earliest deadline first
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early bird
early childhood
early coral root
early days
Early English
Early English architecture
early morel
early on
Early PL/I
early purple orchid
early spider orchid
early wake-robin
early warning radar
early warning system
early winter cress
early-morning hour
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