(comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early;
"a fashion popular in earlier times"
"his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher"
"Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera"
earlier in time; previously;
"I had known her before"
"as I said before"
"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"
comparatives of `soon' or `early';
"Come a little sooner, if you can"
"came earlier than I expected"
"why didn't you tell me in the first place?"
- We should get acquainted with our parents earlier.
- Spanish teams now start playing friendlies earlier.
- The earlier revolts had just been dress rehearsals for full-scale revolution.
- This will give you OOBE experience earlier, in the form of L.D., and help keep your interest high until you learn how to do the conscious exit.
- When Z. japonica clones acquired abundant nitrogen from fertile soil bands earlier, their dry matter production was increased.