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Adjective
Existing or coming before in time or order
Earlier reports of gunshots have not been confirmed.”
Adjective
Completed before need or a milestone event
Adjective
(attributive) In a time or period marked by the past
Adjective
(of one or more out of a group of associated people) Of a greater age
Adjective
Comparative for of, relating to, belonging to, or occurring in, a former time (near the beginning)
“Paleontologists speculate that birds were descended from early dinosaurs.”
Adjective
Comparative for belonging or happening near the beginning of a particular period
“The band's early recordings feature a rawness not found in their more recent tracks.”
Adjective
Comparative for happening or done before the usual or expected time
“Temperatures are colder than usual, and we appear to be experiencing an early winter.”
Adjective
Comparative for completed or done with efficiency and speed
“We will need to make an early statement before innuendo takes over the narrative.”
Adverb
Before an action or event
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“For reasons mentioned earlier, I will not be able to attend.”
Adverb
Comparative for prior to the expected time
“The snow came early that year.”
Adverb
Comparative for in or after a short time
“The medication should start to take effect early.”
Adverb
Comparative for immediately, in a prompt manner
“It would be best if you got here early.”
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