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, latter

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

 

part of speech: adjective

inflections: earlier, earliest

definition 1: of or happening in the first part of.

  • Crocuses appear in early spring.

antonyms: late

definition 2: before the usual or expected time.

  • We had an early dinner on Sunday.

antonyms: late

derivations: earlier (adj.), earliest (adj.), earlier (adv.)

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