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 for early
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Early \Ear"ly\ ([~e]r"l[y^]), adv. [OE. erli, erliche, AS.
     [=ae]rl[imac]ce; [=ae]r sooner + l[imac]c like. See Ere,
     and Like.]
     Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
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           Those that me early shall find me.       --Prov. viii.
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           You must wake and call me early.         --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Early \Ear"ly\, a. [Compar. Earlier ([~e]r"l[i^]*[~e]r);
     superl. Earliest.] [OE. earlich. [root]204. See Early,
     1. In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season;
        prior in time; among or near the first; -- opposed to
        late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit.
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              Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
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              The doorsteps and threshold with the early grass
              springing up about them.              --Hawthorne.
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     2. Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the
        first of successive acts, events, etc.
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              Seen in life's early morning sky.     --Keble.
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              The forms of its earlier manhood.     --Longfellow.
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              The earliest poem he composed was in his seventeenth
              summer.                               --J. C.
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     Early English (Philol.) See the Note under English.
     Early English architecture, the first of the pointed or
        Gothic styles used in England, succeeding the Norman style
        in the 12th and 13th centuries.
     Syn: Forward; timely; not late; seasonable.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: during an early stage; "early on in her career" [syn:
             early on, early]
      2: before the usual time or the time expected; "she graduated
         early"; "the house was completed ahead of time" [syn:
         early, ahead of time, too soon] [ant: belatedly,
         late, tardily]
      3: in good time; "he awoke betimes that morning" [syn: early,
      adj 1: at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of
             events or before the usual or expected time; "early
             morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an
             early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring";
             "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most
             standard varieties" [ant: late, middle]
      2: being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an
         early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early
         computer" [ant: late, later(a)]
      3: belonging to the distant past; "the early inhabitants of
         Europe"; "former generations"; "in other times" [syn:
         early(a), former(a), other(a)]
      4: very young; "at an early age"
      5: of an early stage in the development of a language or
         literature; "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that
         used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."; "Early
         Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476
         to 1700" [ant: late, middle]
      6: expected in the near future; "look for an early end to the

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "early":
     a priori, advanced, ages ago, ahead, ahead of time, already,
     anachronistic, ancient, anciently, antecedent, antedated,
     antediluvian, anterior, anticipative, anticipatory, antiquated,
     antique, away back, back, backward, before, before all, beforehand,
     beforetime, beginning, behind time, behindhand, betimes,
     bright and early, ci-devant, dated, earlier, elder, ere, ere then,
     erenow, erstwhile, ex post facto, first, fore, foredated,
     foregoing, forehand, forehanded, foresighted, foresightedly,
     former, formerly, heretofore, hitherto, immemorial, in advance,
     in ancient times, in anticipation, in good time, in olden times,
     in times past, inappropriate, initial, initially, inopportune,
     into the past, late, long ago, long since, metachronistic,
     misdated, mistimed, of old, of yore, old, olden, older, once,
     onetime, or ever, original, originally, out of date, out of season,
     overdue, oversoon, parachronistic, past, past due, pioneer,
     postdated, preceding, precipitant, precocious, precociously,
     precurrent, preexistent, prehistoric, premature, prematurely,
     prevenient, previous, previously, primal, prime, primeval,
     primitive, primordial, prior, priorly, pristine, prochronistic,
     quondam, recent, retroactive, retrospective, seasonably, senior,
     some time ago, some time back, sometime, soon, tardy, then,
     theretofore, timely, unanticipated, unexpected, unpunctual,
     unseasonable, untimely, years ago, yet

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Early -- U.S. County in Georgia
     Population (2000):    12354
     Housing Units (2000): 5338
     Land area (2000):     511.232451 sq. miles (1324.085913 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    5.038120 sq. miles (13.048671 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    516.270571 sq. miles (1337.134584 sq. km)
     Located within:       Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
     Location:             31.311249 N, 84.936136 W
      Early, GA
      Early County
      Early County, GA

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Early, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
     Population (2000):    605
     Housing Units (2000): 293
     Land area (2000):     0.394821 sq. miles (1.022582 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.394821 sq. miles (1.022582 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            23475
     Located within:       Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
     Location:             42.461903 N, 95.151290 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     50535
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Early, IA

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Early, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
     Population (2000):    2588
     Housing Units (2000): 1080
     Land area (2000):     2.567012 sq. miles (6.648529 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2.567012 sq. miles (6.648529 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            21904
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             31.744601 N, 98.941171 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     76801
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Early, TX

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