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Definition of 'ahead'

Adjective

  1. having the leading position or higher score in a contest; "he is ahead by a pawn"; "the leading team in the pennant race"
       Synonyms: in the lead leading

Adverb

  1. at or in the front; "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"
       Synonyms: in front before
  2. toward the future; forward in time; "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring"; "I look forward to seeing you"
       Synonyms: forward
       Antonyms: back backward back backward
  3. in a forward direction; "go ahead"; "the train moved ahead slowly"; "the boat lurched ahead"; "moved onward into the forest"; "they went slowly forward in the mud"
       Synonyms: onward onwards forward forwards forrader
  4. ahead of time; in anticipation; "when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount"; "We like to plan ahead"; "should have made reservations beforehand"
       Synonyms: in advance beforehand
  5. to a more advanced or advantageous position; "a young man sure to get ahead"; "pushing talented students ahead"
  6. to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future); "moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday"; "pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday"
  7. leading or ahead in a competition; "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"
       Synonyms: out front in the lead


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