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adverb early pronunciation in American English /ˈɜrli/
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  1. 1
    before the usual or expected time
    I don’t get up very early.
    The flight arrived ten minutes early.
  2. 2
    near the beginning of a period of time
    Let’s meet again early next week.
    early in: These simple plants appeared very early in the history of life on Earth.
    1. a.
      near the beginning of someones life
      His genius as a musician was shown very early.
      early in: She was widowed very early in life.
    2. b.
      near the beginning of an event or activity
      early in: It’s best not to rush things this early in your career.
  3. 3
    near the beginning of a piece of writing
    early in: This point was discussed earlier in the chapter.
  4. 4
    soon enough to avoid problems
    If we begin the treatment early, we have a better chance of success.



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