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Dictionary definition for: Early

1. (a) 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 tomat

2. (r) during an early stage; "early on in her career"

3. (a) being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage" "early forms of life" "early man" "an early computer"

4. (r) before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early" "the house was completed ahead of time"

5. (r) in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning"

6. (s) very young; "at an early age"

7. (a) 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"

8. (s) expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations"

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