- 1Further forward in space; in the line of one’s forward motion: he had to give his attention to the road ahead he was striding ahead toward the streamMore example sentences
- ‘Come, we might as well start our journey as we talk,’ he said as he motioned towards the road ahead.
- They're not moving, just gazing ahead toward the Japanese lines.
- A passenger in his car, his son, said he had not been paying attention to the road ahead as they travelled towards their home.
- 1.1Further forward in time; in advance; in the near future: he contemplated the day ahead we have to plan aheadMore example sentences
- What steps have been taken, and what's ahead in the near future?
- Having just finished recording his debut album last week, Mike plans to learn more about music, take sound engineering courses and plan ahead for the future.
- Mrs Gilligan, who with her husband and sons runs a thriving dairying farm, believes the new system will give farmers the freedom to plan ahead for the future.
- 1.2Onward so as to make progress.More example sentences
- And so that set the stage for us to progress ahead with the development.
- He may be gazing backwards for inspiration, but he's progressing full-steam ahead.
- I'm never content, but I'm never dissatisfied because we're always making progress and moving ahead.
- 1.3In the lead: the Bucks were ahead by four he was slightly ahead on pointsMore example sentences
leading, winning, in the lead, (out) in front, first, coming first
- Bootham Cons surged ahead to lead 8-1 but Holgate fought back to 10-10 after 11 ends.
- Ecofin's day at the races… And they're coming up the back stretch now and it's Economic Recovery way ahead in the lead.
- Quitting while he was ahead, Shaw led his last big band in 1950.
- 1.4Higher in number, amount, or value than previously: profits were slightly aheadMore example sentences
- Markets and share values were moving ahead anyway.
- Trading at its hotels in the US had also improved with profits ahead 20% on the same period last year.
- Analysts expect next year's half-year profits to nudge ahead to about £60m from £57m last time.
- In front of or before: she walked ahead of him along the corridorMore example sentences
in front of, before
- But they believed they were protected by a front line of fighters ahead of them.
- Right after I got in front of the truck, there was another gap to allow me to move in front of the car ahead of me.
- Spot fires broke out on the hills and ridges ahead of the main front, and quickly spread.
- In store for; awaiting: we have a long drive ahead of usMore example sentences
in store for, waiting for
- On holiday tomorrow with a long drive to Glasgow ahead of me and then trailing round Ikea.
- With a long drive to Kilkee ahead of me that evening, I opt for starting at Bolus Head and taking it from there.
- We could afford no such luxury, since it was now early afternoon and we had nearly another hour's drive ahead of us.
- Earlier than planned or expected: elimination of trade barriers came five years ahead of scheduleMore example sentences
- BT says it will hand over co-location spaces for trial ahead of the original schedule.
- Well done, you've come into form at the right time ahead of a busy summer schedule.
- They were out on a training run ahead of a time trial that was to be the opening stage of the Tour of Germany.
ahead of time
ahead of one's (or its) time
- Innovative and radical by the standards of the time; more characteristic of a later age.More example sentences
- They heralded the trike as an innovation which was ahead of its time.
- School Principal Mary English pointed out just how innovative and ahead of its time the Council was with its constitution.
- It was a movie far ahead of its time and very different mind-fodder from most of the unmemorable gloss and dross that came out of Hollywood that year.