earlier

  • 1 earlier — adj. occurring at a prior time; as, on earlier occasions. [WordNet 1.5] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 earlier — index antecedent, back (in arrears), before mentioned, former, heretofore, last (preceding) …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 earlier — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)liə(r)[/t]] ♦♦ 1) Earlier is the comparative of early. 2) ADV COMPAR: ADV with v, ADV with cl, oft amount ADV Earlier is used to refer to a point or period in time before the present or before the one you are talking about. As mentioned …

    English dictionary

  • 4 earlier — I adjective (comparative and superlative of early ) more early than; most early a fashion popular in earlier times his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher Verdi s earliest and most raucous opera • Syn: ↑earliest • Similar to: ↑ …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 5 earlier — ear|li|er1 [ ɜrliər ] adverb *** used for referring to a time before the present or before the time you are talking about: A few days earlier, he had assured me that he didn t want to come. earlier ear|li|er 2 [ ɜrliər ] adjective ** happening… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 earlier — I UK [ˈɜː(r)lɪə(r)] / US [ˈɜrlɪər] adverb *** at a time before the present or before the time you are talking about A few days earlier, he had assured me that he didn t want to come. II UK [ˈɜː(r)lɪə(r)] / US [ˈɜrlɪər] adjective ** happening… …

    English dictionary

  • 7 earlier — [ˈɜːliə] adv 1) used for referring to a time before the present or before the time that you are talking about A few days earlier, he had been in London.[/ex] earlier adj 2) an earlier period in history[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 8 Earlier — Early Ear ly, a. [Compar. {Earlier} ([ e]r l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Earliest}.] [OE. earlich. [root]204. See {Early}, adv.] 1. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; opposed to {late}; as …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 earlier — 1. adjective occurring previously I shall be late because I missed the earlier train. 2. adverb previously; before now; sooner I shall be late because I didnt start earlier …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 earlier on — ► early (or earlier) on at an early (or earlier) stage. Main Entry: ↑early …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 earlier on — adverb : previously, before I told you yes earlier on * * * earlier on Previously • • • Main Entry: ↑early …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 12 earlier — adj. Earlier is used with these nouns: ↑century, ↑conviction, ↑date, ↑era, ↑generation, ↑incarnation, ↑insistence, ↑post, ↑posting, ↑research, ↑round, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 earlier — ear·li·er || ɜːlɪə adv. previously, at an earlier time; before now ear·ly || ɜːlɪ adj. before the scheduled time adv. ahead of time, before the scheduled time; as soon as possible …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 earlier — Synonyms and related words: aforetime, already, antecedent, anterior, anticipatory, as yet, before, before all, before now, beforehand, beforetime, ci devant, down, early, elder, ere, ere then, erenow, erewhile, erst, erstwhile, first, fore,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 earlier — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. former, previous, prior; see preceding . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Going before: advance, antecedent, anterior, precedent, preceding, previous, prior. See PRECEDE. 2. Just gone by or elapsed: antecedent,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 earlier synonym — older synonym (an earlier synonym that cannot be used as the name for the taxon under the provisions of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature) …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 17 Earlier Han — the Han dynasty before A.D. 9. Also called Western Han. Cf. Han (def. 1), Later Han. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 18 earlier than usual — sooner than usual, sooner than is common, unexpected …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 earlier maturity rule — The rule under which bonds first maturing are entitled to priority when sale of security is not sufficient to satisfy all obligations. Scherk v. Newton, C.C.A.Colo., 152 F.2d 747, 749 …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 20 earlier maturity rule — The rule under which bonds first maturing are entitled to priority when sale of security is not sufficient to satisfy all obligations. Scherk v. Newton, C.C.A.Colo., 152 F.2d 747, 749 …

    Black's law dictionary


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