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early

ear·ly

early

 
pronunciation:
uhr li
parts of speech:
adverb, adjective
part of speech: adverb
inflections: earlier, earliest
definition 1: in the first part of something; near the beginning of something.
To be back by noon, we should start our hike early in the morning.
antonyms:
late
definition 2: before the usual or expected time.
She arrived early to school, so she had time to clean out her locker before class.
synonyms:
ahead, beforehand, in advance
antonyms:
late
similar words:
first, shortly, soon
 
part of speech: adjective
inflections: earlier, earliest
definition 1: of or happening in the first part of.
Crocuses appear in early spring.
antonyms:
late
similar words:
primary
definition 2: before the usual or expected time.
We had an early dinner on Sunday.
antonyms:
late
similar words:
premature
derivations: earlier (adj.), earliest (adj.), earlier (adv.)