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Adjective
Of, relating to, belonging to, or occurring in, a former time (near the beginning)
“Paleontologists speculate that birds were descended from early dinosaurs.”
Adjective
Belonging or happening near the beginning of a particular period
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“The band's early recordings feature a rawness not found in their more recent tracks.”
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Completed before need or a milestone event
“She was promised an early payment for her book, with the balance to be paid on completion.”
Adjective
Happening or done before the usual or expected time
“Temperatures are colder than usual, and we appear to be experiencing an early winter.”
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Completed or done with efficiency and speed
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“We will need to make an early statement before innuendo takes over the narrative.”
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Having been in existence for a very long time
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Belonging to a former time
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Young or immature in age
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Denoting or relating to an action that takes place at a particular point in time
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From or reminiscent of an earlier time or era
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Relating to the Middle Ages
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Completely new, clean, and pure
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Adverb
Prior to the expected time
“The snow came early that year.”
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In or after a short time
“The medication should start to take effect early.”
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Immediately, in a prompt manner
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“It would be best if you got here early.”
Adverb
Near the beginning of the day
“I had to wake up early to run some urgent errands.”
Adverb
Before the time in question
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