HyperDic: earlier

English > 4 senses of the word earlier:
ADVERBallearlier, beforeearlier in time
allearlier, soonercomparatives of 'soon' or 'early'
allearlier, in the first place, in the beginning, to begin with, originallybefore now
ADJECTIVEallearlier, earliest(comparative and superlative of 'early') more early than
earlier > pronunciation
Soundser'liyer
Rhymesanterior ... worrier: 48 rhymes with iyer...
English > earlier: 4 senses > adjective 1
Meaning(comparative and superlative of 'early') more early than; most early.
Examples
  • "a fashion popular in earlier times"
  • "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"
Synonymearliest
BroaderearlyAt or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
Usage ofcomparative, comparative degreeThe comparative form of an adjective or adverb
English > earlier: 4 senses > adverb 1
MeaningEarlier in time; previously.
Examples
  • "he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"
  • "her parents had died four years earlier"
  • "I mentioned that problem earlier"
Synonymbefore
Spanishantes, previamente
English > earlier: 4 senses > adverb 2
MeaningComparatives of 'soon' or 'early'.
Example "came earlier than I expected"
Synonymsooner
English > earlier: 4 senses > adverb 3
MeaningBefore now.
Synonymsin the first place, in the beginning, to begin with, originally
Spanishoriginalmente
Cataland'entrada

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