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adverb     ahead pronunciation in American English
Ahead is used in the following ways:
as an adverb: I could see the end of the tunnel ahead.
in the preposition phrase ahead of: We have some difficult problems ahead of us.
  1. 1
    in front of someone
    1. a.
      used for saying that something is in front of you, in the direction you are going or looking

      There’s a motel just a few miles ahead.

      His attention was firmly fixed on the road ahead.

      ahead of:

      The car ahead of us stopped suddenly.

      up ahead (=not far in front):

      We’re almost there! That’s the place up ahead.

    2. b.
      moving, pointing, or looking toward a place in front of you

      Francesca was staring ahead into the darkness.

      straight ahead:

      Instead of turning left, he drove straight ahead toward the river.

    3. c.
      moving in front of someone and in the same direction

      She walked ahead of him along the corridor.

  2. 2
    used when saying what will happen in the future
    ahead of:

    We have a busy day ahead of us.

    a young woman with a brilliant career ahead of her

    days/weeks/years etc. ahead:

    Where will the money come from in the years ahead?

    See also lie
  3. 3
    1. a.
      before a time or event
      ahead of:

      There will be an inspection of the track ahead of tomorrow’s race.

      ahead of time:

      If you had warned me ahead of time, I wouldn’t have gone.

    2. b.
      starting to go somewhere a little before someone and arriving there before them

      You go on ahead and tell them we’re coming.

      I’ll send my luggage on ahead.

    3. c.
      used for saying how much earlier the clocks in one place show a particular time than in another

      New York is three hours ahead of Los Angeles.

    4. d.
      used for saying that someone finishes a race before someone else
      ahead of:

      David finished ahead of me in last year’s race.

  4. 4
    having made more progress
    1. a.
      used for saying that someone has made more progress than someone else, or more progress than expected

      The Russians were now ahead of them in space research.

      Some of these children are two years ahead in reading skills.

    2. b.
      used for saying that a particular idea, product, invention, etc. is more advanced than others

      The technology was far ahead of anything available in the West.

      ahead of someone’s/something’s time (=too modern to be accepted or understood):

      As a writer, Sterne was ahead of his time.

  5. 5
    used for saying that someone is achieving more success in a competition, election, etc. than someone else
    ahead of:

    The Eagles are already ten points ahead of their nearest rivals.

    Jacobson is ahead in the opinion polls.

    well ahead (=winning easily):

    At the end of Round 8, Tyson was well ahead.

  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    get ahead of yourself to act prematurely or overconfidently

    John was getting ahead of himself by thinking what winning the competition would mean to him.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 16/06/2016
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