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earlier meaning

EN[ˈɝliɚ] [ˈɜː.lɪə]
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    Definition of earlier in English Dictionary

  • AdjectiveBFearlySUPearliestSUF-ier
    1. comparative form of early: more early.
      1. occurring previously.
        1. I shall be late because I missed the earlier train.
    2. AdverbBFearlySUPearliest
      1. comparative form of early: more early.
        1. previously; before now; sooner.
          1. I shall be late because I didn't start earlier.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • Environmental stress-induced inter and intra individual variability in chromosome number, aneuploidy and aneusomaty were early found in D.
          • Out of her early struggles well inspired / To localize heroic acts
          • Later it was found that both genes are specifically expressed in germ cell clusters, primordial and early primary oocytes in females and in prespermatogonia and spermatogonia in males.
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Earlier the gentleman from California (Mr. Cardoza) got up on the floor, and he was upset that somebody had said that the underlying bill would eviscerate the Endangered Species Act.
          • Earlier yesterday, Harper attended a tightly controlled "photo opportunity" at a home renovation worksite to highlight his proposed measure of tax credits to stimulate the construction industry.
          • Early depictions were anastasic, the empty cross symbolizing the resurrection and hiding the manner of Jesus' death.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • John insulted Peter to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.
          • This security pass replaces the one you were given earlier.
          • He isn't here. He mustn't've realised we'd be arriving so early.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Adjective forms
            • Adjective comparative forms
          • Adverbs
            • Adverb forms
              • Adverb comparative forms
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          1. en earlierness
          Source: Wiktionary

          Meaning of earlier for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this word "earlier" is an adjective, more specifically, an adjective form. It's also an adverb, more specifically, an adverb form.
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