ahead: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-hed'), [key]
— adv.
  1. in or to the front; in advance of; before: Walk ahead of us.
  2. in a forward direction; onward; forward: The line of cars moved ahead slowly.
  3. into or for the future: Plan ahead.
  4. so as to register a later time: to set the clock ahead.
  5. at or to a different time, either earlier or later: to push a deadline ahead one day from Tuesday to Monday; to push a deadline ahead one day from Tuesday to Wednesday.
  6. onward toward success; to a more advantageous position; upward in station: There's a young man who is sure to get ahead.
  7. He ran ahead of me.
    1. in front of; before:He ran ahead of me.
    2. superior to; beyond:materially ahead of other countries.
    3. in advance of; at an earlier time than:We got there ahead of the other guests.
  8. Our team is ahead by two runs.
    1. to be winning:Our team is ahead by two runs.
    2. to be in a position of advantage; be benefiting:His score in mathematics is poor, but he's ahead in foreign languages.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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