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ear·ly

 (ûr′lē)
adj. ear·li·er, ear·li·est
1. Of or occurring near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: in the early morning; scored two runs in the early innings.
2.
a. Of or belonging to a previous or remote period of time: the early inhabitants of the British Isles.
b. Of or belonging to an initial stage of development: an early form of life; an early computer.
3. Occurring, developing, or appearing before the expected or usual time: an early spring; an early retirement.
4. Maturing or developing relatively soon: an early variety of tomato.
5. Occurring in the near future: hoped for an early end to the negotiations.
adv. ear·lier, ear·liest
1.
a. Near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events: departed early in the day; scored important victories early in the campaign.
b. At or near the beginning of the morning: She never used to get up so early.
2. At or during a remote or initial period: decided very early to go into medicine.
3. Before the expected or usual time: arrived at the meeting a few minutes early.
4. Soon in relation to others of its kind: a rose that was cultivated to bloom early.
Idiom:
early on
At an early stage or point: Early on in the movie, the main character loses his job.

[Middle English erli, from Old English ǣrlīce : ǣr, before; see ayer- in Indo-European roots + -līce, adv. suff.; see -ly2.]

ear′li·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.earlier - (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early; "a fashion popular in earlier times"; "his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"; "Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"
comparative, comparative degree - the comparative form of an adjective or adverb; "`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'"; "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'"; "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"
early - at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "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"
Adv.1.earlier - earlier in timeearlier - earlier in time; previously; "I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "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"
2.earlier - comparatives of `soon' or `early'; "Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected"
3.earlier - before now; "why didn't you tell me in the first place?"

earlier

adverb
1. before, previously For reasons mentioned earlier, I will not be able to attend.
2.
adjective previous, former, past, prior, preceding Earlier reports of gunshots have not been confirmed.

earlier

adjectiveadverb
1. At a time in the past:
2. Up to this time:
3. Until then:
Translations
dříve
tidligere
aikaisemmin
ranije
前に
더 일찍
tidigare
ก่อนหน้านั้น
sớm hơn

earlier

[ˈɜːrliər]
adj comparative
(= previous) [meeting] → précédent(e); [edition, report, idea] → antérieur(e)
at an earlier date → à une date antérieure
(= not so late) [time] → plus tôt
adv
(= not so late) → plus tôt
I ought to get up earlier → Je devrais me lever plus tôt.
I can't come any earlier → Je ne peux pas venir plus tôt.
earlier than → plus tôt que
She left earlier than us → Elle est partie plus tôt que nous.
(= some time ago) → tout à l'heure
I saw him earlier → Je l'ai vu tout à l'heure.
earlier this year → plus tôt dans l'année

earlier

adj comp of earlyfrüher; in earlier timesfrüher, in vergangenen Zeiten; at an earlier datefrüher, eher; in his/her earlier years he/she had …in jüngeren Jahren hatte er/sie …; her earlier dislike gave way to hatredaus ihrer anfänglichen Abneigung wurde Hass
adv earlier (on)früher; (= just now)vorhin; earlier (on) in the novelan einer früheren Stelle in dem Roman; this is what we talked about earlier (on)darüber haben wir vorhin schon gesprochen; her parents had died four years earlierihre Eltern waren vier Jahre früher or vorher or zuvor gestorben; earlier (on) todayheute (vor einigen Stunden); earlier (on) this month/yearfrüher in diesem Monat/in diesem Jahr; I cannot do it earlier than Thursdayich kann es nicht vor Donnerstag or eher als Donnerstag machen

earlier

مُبَكِّراً dříve tidligere früher νωρίτερα antes, más temprano aikaisemmin plus tôt ranije anteriormente 前に 더 일찍 vroeger tidligere wcześniej antecipadamente раньше tidigare ก่อนหน้านั้น daha önce sớm hơn 较早前

earlier

adj & adv (comp de early) más temprano; to go to bed earlier..acostarse más temprano
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This suited the young lady better than twilight confidences, tender pressures of the hand, and eloquent glances of the eye, for with Jo, brain developed earlier than heart, and she preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.
Had you been in the earlier years of your life a citizen of the village of Winesburg, Ohio, there would have been for you no mystery in regard to the beast in his cage.
Cutter could have got home a day earlier than his wife by any one of a dozen simpler devices; he could have left her in the Omaha hotel, and said he was going on to Chicago for a few days.
Each little family group had had its say and exchanged its domestic gossip earlier in the evening.
Applying himself in earlier manhood to the study of the law, and having a natural tendency towards office, he had attained, many years ago, to a judicial situation in some inferior court, which gave him for life the very desirable and imposing title of judge.
What I saw in him -- as evidently as the indestructible ramparts of Old Ticonderoga, already cited as the most appropriate simile -- was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical philanthropists of the age.
He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and of the direful omens and portentous sights and sounds in the air, which prevailed in the earlier times of Connecticut; and would frighten them woefully with speculations upon comets and shooting stars; and with the alarming fact that the world did absolutely turn round, and that they were half the time topsy-turvy!
To look at the tawny brawn of his lithe snaky limbs, you would almost have credited the superstitions of some of the earlier Puritans, and half believed this wild Indian to be a son of the Prince of the Powers of the Air.
Likewise, by way of preliminary, I desire to remind the reader, that while in the earlier geological strata there are found the fossils of monsters now almost completely extinct; the subsequent relics discovered in what are called the Tertiary formations seem the connecting, or at any rate intercepted links, between the antichronical creatures, and those whose remote posterity are said to have entered the Ark; all the Fossil Whales hitherto discovered belong to the Tertiary period, which is the last preceding the superficial formations.
All that day and night the family was half-crazed with fear that Ona and the boy had lost their places; and in the morning they set out earlier than ever, after the little fellow had been beaten with a stick by Jurgis.
It was plain to see how old and firm the girlish heart was grown under the discipline of heavy sorrow; and when, anon, her large dark eye was raised to follow the gambols of her little Harry, who was sporting, like some tropical butterfly, hither and thither over the floor, she showed a depth of firmness and steady resolve that was never there in her earlier and happier days.
Earlier it could have annoyed me, but now everything was in good hands and swimming right along.