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1. early  (adj) 
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 tomat



  Adjective(s):
    timing
  See Also:
    first


  Similar:
    aboriginal     primal     primeval     primaeval     primordial     advance(a)     beforehand(p)     archean     archaean     archeozoic     archaeozoic     azoic     earlier     earliest     earlyish     matutinal     premature     untimely     previous(p)     premature     proterozoic     proto(a)     wee


  Opposite of:
    middle     late


2. early  (adj) 
being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"



  Similar:
    archaic     primitive     new     young     crude     primitive     rude     embryonic     embryotic     incipient     inchoate     precocious


  Opposite of:
    late     later(a)


3. early  (adj) 
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"



  Category:
    linguistics

  Similar:
    Old


  Opposite of:
    middle     late


4. early  (s) 
very young; "at an early age"



  Similar:
    young     immature


5. early  (s) 
expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations"



  Similar:
    future


6. early  (adv/adj) 
before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"

  Also known as: ahead of time, too soon


  Opposite of:
    late     belatedly     tardily


7. early  (adv/adj) 
in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning"

  Also known as: betimes


8. early  (adv/adj) 
during an early stage; "early on in her career"

  Also known as: early on


 

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