- in or to the front; in advance of; before: Walk ahead of us.
- in a forward direction; onward; forward: The line of cars moved ahead slowly.
- into or for the future: Plan ahead.
- so as to register a later time: to set the clock ahead.
- at or to a different time, either earlier or later: to push a deadline ahead one day from Tuesday to Monday; to push a deadline ahead one day from Tuesday to Wednesday.
- onward toward success; to a more advantageous position; upward in station: There's a young man who is sure to get ahead.
- ahead of,
- in front of; before: He ran ahead of me.
- superior to; beyond: materially ahead of other countries.
- in advance of; at an earlier time than: We got there ahead of the other guests.
- be ahead,
- to be winning: Our team is ahead by two runs.
- to be in a position of advantage; be benefiting: His score in mathematics is poor, but he's ahead in foreign languages.
Origin of ahead
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Examples from the Web for ahead
They let us get ahead of the outfit, then the rest of the guys came in.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But in the days ahead he, his brother, and the others will be back in the street while their families worry at home.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
With Batman and Planet of the Apes, you seem to be operating around 15 years ahead of the culture.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
MAKE IT AHEAD: Assemble the pot pies completely, cover tightly, and refrigerate for up to a day or freeze for up to a month.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
But it seems pretty clear that the EU has plans to make such plans, and this issue is going to be pressed in the months ahead.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada?
November 19, 2014
I told the party we were now close, and showed them the low table-land just ahead.
We are very fortunate to have a little rain-water, or we could not get ahead.
All the next day there was one old bull moose kept just ahead of us.The Trail Book
The utter loneliness behind him and ahead of him appalled him in its contrast to this.Quaint Courtships
Lem wuz onto Dock's methods, 'nd he knew there wuz sumthin' ahead.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- (postpositive) in front; in advance
- at or in the front; in advance; before
- onwards; forwardsgo straight ahead
- ahead of
- in front of; at a further advanced position than
- stock exchangein anticipation ofthe share price rose ahead of the annual figures
- be ahead informal to have an advantage; be winningto be ahead on points
- get ahead to advance or attain success
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Word Origin and History for ahead
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with ahead
In addition to the idioms beginning with ahead
- ahead of one's time
- ahead of the game
- ahead of time
- come out ahead
- dead ahead
- full speed ahead
- get ahead
- go ahead
- one jump ahead
- quit while one's ahead
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