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adjective (earli, er)
  1. At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
At eleven, we went for an lunch.
She began reading at an age.
His mother suffered an death.
  1. arrive, Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on-time.
You're today! I don't usually see you before nine o'clock.
The guests sipped their punch and avoided each other's eyes.
  1. Near the start or beginning.
''The play "Two Gentlemen of Verona" is one of Shakespeare's works.
Translations: 
  • French: en avance
  • Spanish: primero/primera
    (trans-bottom)
  • Dutch: vroeg
  • German: frí¼h
  • Italian: primo
    (trans-mid)
adverb (earli, er)
  1. At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
''We finished the project an hour sooner than scheduled, so we left .
Translations: 
  • French: tí´t
  • Italian: presto
  • Spanish: temprano
Etymology: From erli, írlice, rlÄce, from írOld English, r (before) + the adverbial suffix -lÄce.


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