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Pronunciation: /ˈɜːrli; ˈɜːli/

Translation of early in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-lier, -liest)

  • 1 (before expected time) her early arrival took us by surprise su llegada anticipada or antes de tiempo nos tomó por sorpresa I was early llegué temprano we were 20 minutes early llegamos con 20 minutos de adelanto the baby was a week early el niño se adelantó una semana the bus was early el autobús pasó ( or salió etc) antes de la hora your report is early for once por una vez entregas el informe antes de tiempo I was early getting to work this morning esta mañana llegué al trabajo antes de la horato be early for sth he was early for his appointment llegó a la cita antes de la hora
  • 2 2.1 [crop/variety] temprano, tempranero (Colombia) 2.2 (before normal time) I had an early breakfast desayuné temprano or (in Spain also/en España también) pronto let's have an early night acostémonos temprano Easter is early this year (la) Pascua cae temprano este año it sent him to an early grave lo mató antes de tiempo an early death una muerte temprana or prematura 2.3 (first, far back in time) she was an early advocate of the free market fue una pionera en la defensa del mercado libre early reports from the area los primeros informes de la zona his earliest memories sus primeros recuerdos the earliest train we can catch el primer tren que podemos tomar at an early stage en una etapa temprana if detected in the early stages si se detecta en sus comienzos at an earlier stage en una etapa anterior it's too early to tell es demasiado pronto para saber 2.4 (in morning) we're early risers somos madrugadores you won't find anyone up at this early hour no vas a encontrar a nadie levantado tan temprano or a estas horas in the early hours of the morning en las primeras horas de la mañana, de madrugada to get o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) make an early start salir* temprano I went for an early swim me fui a nadar temprano I asked for an early morning call pedí que me despertaran por la mañana temprano
    Example sentences
    • Twenty-five pensioners enjoyed a free lunch as an early Christmas present from their local pub.
    • Just to really stoke things up, we arrived at Lyneham to find that we'd been booked an early lunch in the canteen.
    • Monday was an early lunch of homemade mince pie, chips and veg at Via Veneto.
    2.5 (toward beginning of period) (before noun/delante del nombre) in the early afternoon a primeras horas de la tarde in early June a principios or a comienzos de junio the early 20th century los comienzos del siglo XX the Early Middle Ages la Alta Edad Media the early Church la iglesia primitiva in early childhood en la primera infancia he spent his early life in India pasó sus primeros años en la India from an early age desde pequeño, desde temprana edad [literary/literario] he was in his early twenties tenía poco más de veinte años an early goal un gol temprano or (Mexico/México) tempranero an early Picasso un Picasso de la primera época Early American style [Architecture/Arquitectura] estilo (masculine) colonial americano
    Example sentences
    • It was early morning and he had been parking his van near a site where he was working as a labourer, when he and a co-worker saw the fire.
    • It was early in the morning and the sun was just beginning to show its lovely face from the horizon.
    • The early goal in that second period helped lift us, gave us something to hold on to, and from then on we played well.
    Example sentences
    • The Islamic expansion of the early medieval period was not waged for glory, or any of the other factors I listed at the top of this op.
    • As we get into the post-Roman / early medieval period we have a series of bows from Denmark and Germany.
    • During the early post-war period, however, there was a marked turn towards a more analytical style.
    Example sentences
    • This early sequence, without a trace of dignity or sensitivity, sets the tone for the entire film.
    • The early chapters are strong on narrative and pace but the ending sort of fades.
    • A penniless writer used to sit here all day, writing the early draft chapters of her now famous novel.
    Example sentences
    • However, for early crops in the south of the country, disease outbreak can be much earlier.
    • Two types of monad pollen are present in early orchids, namely that with pollenkitt and that with elastoviscin.
    • Many of the early maturing varieties are best when ripened under relatively cool conditions.
  • 3 (in near future) pronto we should appreciate an early reply agradeceríamos una pronta respuesta an earlier date would be preferable una fecha más cercana sería preferible at the earliest possible moment lo antes or lo más pronto posible at your earliest convenience (in letters) tan pronto como le sea posible, a la brevedad [formal]

adverb/adverbio (-lier, -liest)

  • 1 (before expected time) temprano come early if you want to get a seat ven temprano si quieres conseguir asiento the baby arrived two weeks early el niño se adelantó dos semanas she was released earlier than expected la pusieron en libertad antes de lo esperado
  • 2 2.1 (before usual time) temprano, pronto (Spain/España) we had dinner early cenamos temprano or (in Spain also/en España también) pronto 2.2 (in morning) temprano, pronto (Spain/España) I get up early every morning me levanto temprano or (in Spain also/en España también) pronto todas las mañanas 2.3 (toward beginning of period) early in the morning por la mañana temprano early in the afternoon/evening por la tarde/noche temprano early in the week/year a principios de semana/año early one Tuesday evening un martes a primeras horas de la noche early (on) in her career al principio de su carrera earlier that night antes or más temprano esa misma noche book early haga su reserva cuanto antes 2.4 (long ago) it was known as early as 200 BC ya se sabía en el año 200 A.C.
  • 3 (soon) pronto as early as possible lo más pronto posible, cuanto antes we can't come earlier than Friday no podemos venir antes del viernes they won't be here till nine at the earliest por temprano que lleguen no estarán aquí antes de las nueve when is the earliest you can start? ¿cuál es la primera fecha en la que podría empezar?

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