early

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈ3ːrli/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɝli/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ûrlē)


Inflections of 'early' (advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."):
earlier
adv comparative
earliest
adv superlative
Inflections of 'early' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
earlier
adj comparative
earliest
adj superlative
Inflections of 'early' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": earlies
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early

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
adj
  1. an early [shift, breakfast, finish, answer, reply]
  2. early [detection, payment, boarding]
  3. is an early [bird, riser]
  4. is too early for me
  5. the early [stages, years, days] of
  6. the early [stages] of her [career, development, training]
  7. in the early days
  8. in the early hours of the morning
  9. is an early example of
  10. early [Greek, Ottoman, Roman]
adv
  1. early in the [morning, day, flight]
  2. earlier in the [day, meeting]
  3. earlier in the [match]
  4. [leave, arrive, finish, get up] early
  5. [five] [minutes] early (for)
  6. arrived early to [get, see, ensure, be]
additional examples
  1. an early [shift, breakfast, finish, answer, reply]
  2. early [detection, payment, boarding]
  3. is an early [bird, riser]
  4. is too early for me
  5. the early [stages, years, days] of
  6. the early [stages] of her [career, development, training]
  7. in the early days
  8. early in the [morning, day, flight]
  9. in the early hours of the morning
  10. earlier in the [day, meeting]
  11. earlier in the [match]
  12. is an early example of
  13. early [Greek, Ottoman, Roman]
  14. it's still early [in the day, to start drinking]
  15. it's too early to [say, decide]
  16. [leave, arrive, finish, get up] early
  17. [five] [minutes] early (for)
  18. arrived early to [get, see, ensure, be]
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