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Meaning of earlier by Wiktionary Dictionary

earlier


    Adjective

    earlier

    1. Comparative form of early: more early .
    2. occurring previously
      I shall be late because I missed the earlier train .

    Adverb

    earlier

    1. Comparative form of early: more early .
    2. previously; before now; sooner
      I shall be late because I didn't start earlier .


Explanation of earlier by Wordnet Dictionary

earlier


    Adverb
    1. earlier in time

    2. he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier
      her parents had died four years earlier
      I mentioned that problem earlier
    3. before now

    4. comparatives of `soon' or `early'

    5. came earlier than I expected
    Adjective
    1. more early than

    2. a fashion popular in earlier times
      his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher