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"


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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