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Early (adv.) Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
Early (adv.) 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.
Early (adv.) Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.