- (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"
- Earlier in time; previously; "I had known her before"; "as I said before"; "he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"; "her parents had died four years earlier"; "I mentioned that problem earlier"
- Being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
- Before now; "why didn't you tell me in the first place?"
- 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"
- Very young; "at an early age"
- Comparatives of `soon' or `early'; "Come a little so