earlier

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 earlier, the University supplements this information with an interview...

Earlier, it had been hoped to use the indoor track.

...political reforms announced by the President earlier this year...

Many years earlier, Grundy had been the first presenter to give The Beatles their first television break.

ADJ-COMPAR: ADJ n
Earlier is also an adjective.

Earlier reports of gunshots have not been substantiated.


English dictionary. 2008.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • earlier — adj. occurring at a prior time; as, on earlier occasions. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”