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early 中文解釋 wordnet sense Collocation Usage
Adjective
/ˈərlē/,
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earlier, comparative; earliest, superlative;
  1. Happening or done before the usual or expected time
    • - we ate an early lunch
  2. (of a plant or crop) Flowering or ripening before other varieties
    • - early potatoes
  3. Happening, belonging to, or done near the beginning of a particular time or period
    • - an early goal secured victory
  4. Done or occurring near the beginning of the day
    • - we agreed to meet at 6 am to get an early start
  5. Denoting or belonging to the beginning or opening stages of a historical period, cultural movement, or sphere of activity
    • - early Impressionism
  6. Occurring at the beginning of a sequence
    • - the earlier chapters of the book
Adverb
  1. Before the usual or expected time
    • - I was planning to finish work early today
  2. Near the beginning of a particular time or period
    • - we lost a couple of games early in the season
  3. Near the beginning of the day
    • - I wrote this piece early one morning
  4. Before the present time or before the time one is referring to
    • - you met my husband earlier

  1. early on: during an early stage; "early on in her career"
  2. before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated early"; "the house was completed ahead of time"
  3. early(a): belonging to the distant past; "the early inhabitants of Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times"
  4. in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning"
  5. very young; "at an early age"
  6. 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"
  7. expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the negotiations"
  8. Early is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 605 at the 2000 census.
  9. The Early Beatles is The Beatles' sixth release on Capitol Records, and their seventh album for the American market. The album resembles more of an early compilation because all of the tracks had previously been featured on the early 1964 Vee-Jay release Introducing... The Beatles. ...
  10. (Early s) chool leaving is a complex phenomenon involving numerous factors. There are many different causes of early school leaving.
  11. “EARLY" pricing applies to any time leading up to the "EARLY" registration deadline. Registration forms AND payment must be postmarked or faxed at least 60 days prior to the event. Specific deadlines are listed for each event.
  12. Playing a stroke (during a rally) that makes contact with the ball just after it bounces.
  13. (All after the death of Socrates, but before Plato’s first trip to Sicily in 387 B.C.E.):
  14. To never be. Reasoning: To be early is to be on time, while to be on time is to be late, but to be late is to never be. Following this through, early is to never be. (Thank you to Billy Kakes for this logic.)
  15. Loss of foetus before 12 weeks of pregnancy.
  16. mid-season and late are rather confusing terms that are applied to vegetables. They do not refer to the time of year, but the length of time between sowing and harvest. Early varieties are quick-maturing, and the late (or main crop) ones take longer to reach maturity.
  17. A part of a stroke is early. By itself, the word usually refers to the catch timing. Six-man, you're early.
  18. The early positions in a 10-handed game are the first three players to act on their hand.
  19. A term loosely used to describe any card issued before the Divided Back was introduced.
  20. ad. at or near the beginning, especially the beginning of the day; opposite late
  21. First three seats left of (after) the button. The least desirable positions as these players must make their moves first.
  22. bolcalsız, ertdе, kеziwündеn alģa, taŋ ala
  23. Sultanate of Rûm · Anatolian Turkish Beyliks
  24. Three to five weeks prior to the mass of bloom at midseason.
  25. The rising part of a ball's bounce.