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ahead

[ uh-hed ]
/ əˈhɛd /
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adverb

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.

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Idioms for ahead

    ahead of,
    1. in front of; before: He ran ahead of me.
    2. superior to; beyond: materially ahead of other countries.
    3. in advance of; at an earlier time than: We got there ahead of the other guests.
    be ahead,
    1. to be winning: Our team is ahead by two runs.
    2. 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

First recorded in 1590–1600; a-1 + head
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British Dictionary definitions for ahead

ahead
/ (əˈhɛd) /

adjective

(postpositive) in front; in advance

adverb

at or in the front; in advance; before
onwards; forwardsgo straight ahead
ahead of
  1. in front of; at a further advanced position than
  2. stock exchange in 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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