Definition of Ahead in English :

Define Ahead in English

Ahead meaning in English

Meaning of Ahead in English

Pronunciation of Ahead in English

Ahead pronunciation in English

Pronounce Ahead in English


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1. ahead, in the lead, leading

having the leading position or higher score in a contest

Example Sentences:
'he is ahead by a pawn'
'the leading team in the pennant race'


2. ahead, before, in front

at or in the front

Example Sentences:
'I see the lights of a town ahead'
'the road ahead is foggy'
'staring straight ahead'
'we couldn't see over the heads of the people in front'
'with the cross of Jesus marching on before'

3. ahead, forward

toward the future; forward in time

Example Sentences:
'I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring'
'I look forward to seeing you'

4. ahead, forrader, forward, forwards, onward, onwards

in a forward direction

Example Sentences:
'go ahead'
'the train moved ahead slowly'
'the boat lurched ahead'
'moved onward into the forest'
'they went slowly forward in the mud'

5. ahead, beforehand, in advance

ahead of time; in anticipation

Example Sentences:
'when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount'
'We like to plan ahead'
'should have made reservations beforehand'

6. ahead

to a more advanced or advantageous position

Example Sentences:
'a young man sure to get ahead'
'pushing talented students ahead'

7. ahead

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

Example Sentences:
'moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday'
'pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday'

8. ahead, in the lead, out front

leading or ahead in a competition

Example Sentences:
'the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch'
'ahead by two pawns'
'our candidate is in the lead in the polls'
'way out front in the race'
'the advertising campaign put them out front in sales'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of ahead
1. (postpositive)
in front; in advance
at or in the front; in advance; before
onwards; forwards
go straight ahead
4.  ahead of
5.  be ahead
6.  get ahead

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see synonyms of ahead
adverb, adjective
in or to the front
forward; onward
toward the future; in advance
winning or leading
having something as a profit or advantage

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of ahead
1. At or to the front or head.
a. In advance; before: Pay ahead, and you'll receive a discount.
b. In or into the future; for the future: planned ahead.
a. In an advanced position or a configuration registering the future: Set the clock ahead.
b. At or to a different time; earlier or later: moved the appointment ahead, from Tuesday to Monday.
a. In a forward direction; onward: The train moved ahead slowly.
b. In the prescribed direction or sequence for normal use: You won't hear anything unless you roll the tape ahead.
5. In or into a more advantageous position: wanted to get ahead in life.

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