1. At or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time (synset 300816521)
    "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. Being or occurring at an early stage of development (synset 300820993)
    "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
  3. Belonging to the distant past (synset 301733616)
    "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
  4. Very young (synset 301653059)
    "at an early age"
  5. Of an early stage in the development of a language or literature (synset 300823421)
    "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. Expected in the near future (synset 301737207)
    "look for an early end to the negotiations"
  1. During an early stage (synset 400101231)
    "early on in her career"
  2. Before the usual time or the time expected (synset 400100632)
    "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"
  3. In good time (synset 400101142)
    "he awoke betimes that morning"

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