A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-hed]
    • /əˈhɛd/
    • /əˈhed/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-hed]
    • /əˈhɛd/

Definitions of ahead word

  • adverb ahead Something that is ahead is in front of you. If you look ahead, you look directly in front of you. 3
  • adverb ahead You use ahead with verbs such as 'push', 'move', and 'forge' to indicate that a plan, scheme, or organization is making fast progress. 3
  • adverb ahead If you are ahead in your work or achievements, you have made more progress than you expected to and are performing well. 3
  • adverb ahead If a person or a team is ahead in a competition, they are winning. 3
  • adverb ahead Ahead also means in the future. 3
  • adverb ahead If you prepare or plan something ahead, you do it some time before a future event so that everything is ready for that event to take place. 3

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Origin of ahead

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
First recorded in 1590-1600; a-1 + head

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Ahead


ahead popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

ahead usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ahead

adv ahead

  • earlier — in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.: early in the year.
  • forward — toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
  • along — If you move or look along something such as a road, you move or look towards one end of it.
  • advanced — An advanced system, method, or design is modern and has been developed from an earlier version of the same thing.
  • before — If something happens before a particular date, time, or event, it happens earlier than that date, time, or event.

adjective ahead

  • fast — moving or able to move, operate, function, or take effect quickly; quick; swift; rapid: a fast horse; a fast pain reliever; a fast thinker.
  • gaining — to make a gain or gains in.
  • in advance — to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.

adverb ahead

  • in front — the foremost part or surface of anything.
  • early — in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.: early in the year.
  • prematurely — occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement.
  • up front — of or relating to the front.

noun ahead

  • pre-eminence — the state or character of being preeminent.
  • title role — (in a play, opera, etc.) the role or character from which the title is derived: She sang the title role in Carmen.
  • transcendence — the quality or state of being transcendent.
  • superiority — the quality or condition of being superior.
  • meliority — superiority.

Antonyms for ahead

adv ahead

  • behind — If something is behind a thing or person, it is on the other side of them from you, or nearer their back rather than their front.

adjective ahead

  • slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.

adverb ahead

  • ago — You use ago when you are referring to past time. For example, if something happened one year ago, it is one year since it happened. If it happened a long time ago, it is a long time since it happened.
  • late — occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.

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