When you're ahead, you're further along or further forward. If you're ahead of all the other runners in a race, you're winning.

The team at the very front of a three-legged race is ahead, and the path that stretches in front of you as you walk through the woods is ahead of you. As well as signifying being physically first or in front, ahead can be used to talk about time: "She had her whole life ahead of her." The word was first used by sailors, to mean "in a forward direction."

Definitions of ahead

adv at or in the front

“I see the lights of a town ahead
“the road ahead is foggy”
“staring straight ahead
before, in front

adv in a forward direction

“go ahead
“the train moved ahead slowly”
“the boat lurched ahead
forrader, forward, forwards, onward, onwards

adv to a more advanced or advantageous position

“a young man sure to get ahead
“pushing talented students ahead

adv leading or ahead in a competition

“the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch”
ahead by two pawns”
in the lead, out front

adv toward the future; forward in time

“I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring”
back, backward
in or to or toward a past time

adv to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future)

“moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday”
“pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday”

adv ahead of time; in anticipation

“when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount”
“We like to plan ahead
beforehand, in advance

adj having the leading position or higher score in a contest

“he is ahead by a pawn”
in the lead, leading
being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level

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