HyperDic: early

English > 9 senses of the word early:
ADJECTIVEallearlyat or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
allearlybeing or occurring at an early stage / stage of development
allearly, former, otherbelonging to the distant past
allearlyvery young
allearlyof an early stage in the development of a language or literature
allearlyexpected in the near future
ADVERBallearly, early onduring an early stage
allearly, ahead of time, too soonbefore the usual time or the time expected
allearly, betimesin good time
early > pronunciation
Soundser'liy
Rhymesably ... zealously: 1543 rhymes with liy...
English > early: 9 senses > adjective 1
MeaningAt or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time.
Examples
  • "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"
Attribute oftimingThe time when something happens
Narroweraboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordialHaving existed from the beginning
advance, beforehandahead of time or need
archean, archaeanOf or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon
archeozoic, archaeozoicOf or belonging to earlier of two divisions of the Precambrian era
azoicBefore the appearance of life
earlier, earliest(comparative and superlative of 'early') more early than
earlyishSomewhat early
premature, untimelyuncommonly early or before the expected time
previous, prematuretoo soon or too hasty / hasty
proterozoicformed in the later of two divisions of the Precambrian era
protoIndicating the first or earliest or original
weeVery early
See alsofirstpreceding all others in time or space or degree
OppositelateBeing or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
middleBetween an earlier and a later period of time
Spanishprematuro, temprano
Cataland'hora
Nounsearlinessquality of coming early or earlier in time
English > early: 9 senses > adjective 2
MeaningBeing or occurring at an early stage / stage of development.
Examples
  • "in an early stage"
  • "early forms of life"
  • "early man"
  • "an early computer"
Narrowerarchaic, primitiveLittle evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
crude, primitive, rudeBelonging to an early stage / stage of technical development
embryonic, embryoticIn an early stage of development
incipient, inchoateOnly partly in existence
new, young(of crops / crops) harvested at an early stage / stage of development
precociousAppearing or developing early
Oppositelate, laterAt or toward an end or late period or stage of development
Spanishtemprano
Nounsearlinessquality of coming early or earlier in time
English > early: 9 senses > adjective 3
MeaningBelonging to the distant past.
Example"the early inhabitants of Europe"
Synonymsformer, other
BroaderpastEarlier than the present time
English > early: 9 senses > adjective 4
MeaningVery young.
Example"at an early age"
Broaderyoung, immature(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
Spanishtemprano
English > early: 9 senses > adjective 5
MeaningOf an early stage in the development of a language or literature.
Examples
  • "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"
CategorylinguisticsThe scientific study of language
NarrowerOldOf a very early stage / stage in development
OppositelateOf a later stage / stage in the development of a language or literature
middleOf a stage / stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages
Spanishtemprano
Nounsearlinessquality of coming early or earlier in time
English > early: 9 senses > adjective 6
MeaningExpected in the near future.
Example"look for an early end to the negotiations"
Broaderfutureyet to be or coming
English > early: 9 senses > adverb 1
MeaningDuring an early stage.
Example"early on in her career"
Synonymearly on
English > early: 9 senses > adverb 2
MeaningBefore the usual time or the time expected.
Example"she graduated early"
Synonymsahead of time, too soon
Oppositelate, belatedly, tardilyLater than usual or than expected
Spanishtemprano
Catalanabans d'hora
English > early: 9 senses > adverb 3
Meaningin good time.
Synonymbetimes
Spanishal alba, con tiempo

©2001-22 · HyperDic hyper-dictionary · Contact

English | Spanish | Catalan
Privacy | Robots

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict