earlier

Definitions of earlier
1

adj (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early

“a fashion popular in earlier times”
“his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher”
Synonyms:
earliest
early
at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

adv earlier in time; previously

“her parents had died four years earlier
“I mentioned that problem earlier
Synonyms:
before

adv comparatives of `soon' or `early'

“came earlier than I expected”
Synonyms:
sooner

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