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Another word for early

  1. At or near the start of a period, development, or series

      1. (Informal) Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing.
      1. Preceding all others in a series; before any other; 1st
      2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
      3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
      1. Having to do with, indicating, or occurring at the beginning
      2. Of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first:
      3. Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
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  2. Of, existing, or occurring in a distant period

      1. Having existed a long time; very old
      2. Of great age; very old:
      3. Of, relating to, or belonging to times long past, especially before the fall of the Western Roman Empire ( ad 476):
      1. Of the time before the biblical Flood
      2. (Bible) Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.
      3. Very old, old-fashioned, or primitive
      1. Of or relating to late medieval or pre-Renaissance European painters or sculptors.
      2. Being a protolanguage:
      3. Of or existing in the beginning or the earliest times or ages; ancient; original
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  3. Developing, occurring, or appearing before the expected time

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Another word for early

  1. Sooner than might have been expected