1. [Adjective]: 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. [Adjective]: 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"

3. [Adjective]: being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"

4. [Adverb]: before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"

5. [Adverb]: during an early stage; "early on in her career"

6. [Adverb]: in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning"

7. expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations"

8. very young; "at an early age"

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