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Definition of early:

  1. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
  2. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; - opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit.
  3. Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.

Synonyms:

raw, late, pioneer, old, hardy, precipitant, unlooked-for, modern, beforehand, advanced, briefly, dwarf, with time to spare, northern, slow, prime, hasty, fresh, start, quick, ahead, shortly, other, speedy, immediate, direct, prehistoric, early on, former, immature, ancient, ahead of time, antediluvian, too soon, time, bush, unexpected, pronto, anticipatory, presently, in advance, primitive, spring, betimes, precocious.

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