ahead of time

a·head of time
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-hed uhv, ov tahym]
    • /əˈhɛd ʌv, ɒv taɪm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-hed uhv, ov tahym]
    • /əˈhɛd ʌv, ɒv taɪm/

Definitions of ahead of time words

  • phrase ahead of time If you do something ahead of time, you do it before a particular event or before you need to, in order to be well prepared. 3
  • noun ahead of time if someone does something ahead of time, they do it before it is needed 3
  • noun ahead of time before the deadline 3
  • noun ahead of time sooner than due; early 3
  • noun ahead of time the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another. 1
  • noun ahead of time duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration. 1

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Origin of ahead of time

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English tīma; cognate with Old Norse tīmi; (verb) Middle English timen to arrange a time, derivative of the noun; akin to tide1

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Parts of speech for Ahead of time


ahead of time popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% 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".

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Synonyms for ahead of time

adv ahead of time

  • before — If something happens before a particular date, time, or event, it happens earlier than that date, time, or event.
  • beforehand — If you do something beforehand, you do it earlier than a particular event.
  • 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.

Antonyms for ahead of time

adv ahead of time

  • belatedly — coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time: belated birthday greetings.
  • tardily — late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?

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