- 1. early (vs. middle) (vs. late), aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial, advance(prenominal), beforehand(predicate), archean, archaean, archeozoic, archaeozoic, azoic, earlier, earliest, earlyish, premature, untimely, previous(predicate), premature, proterozoic, proto(prenominal), wee, first
- usage: 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"
- 2. early (vs. late), archaic, primitive, new, young, crude, primitive, rude, embryonic, embryotic, incipient, inchoate, precocious
- usage: being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
- 3. early(prenominal), former(prenominal), other(prenominal), past (vs. present) (vs. future)
- usage: belonging to the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
- 4. early, young (vs. old), immature
- usage: very young; "at an early age"
- 5. early (vs. middle) (vs. late), Old
- usage: of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "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"
- 6. early, future (vs. past) (vs. present)
- usage: expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations"
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- 1. early on, early
- usage: during an early stage; "early on in her career"
- 2. early, ahead of time, too soon
- usage: before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"
- 3. early, betimes
- usage: in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning"
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