Definition of Ahead

1. Adjective. Having the leading position or higher score in a contest. "The leading team in the pennant race"

Exact synonyms: In The Lead, Leading
Similar to: Up

2. Adverb. At or in the front. "With the cross of Jesus marching on before"
Exact synonyms: Before, In Front

3. Adverb. Toward the future; forward in time. "I look forward to seeing you"
Exact synonyms: Forward
Antonyms: Back, Backward

4. Adverb. In a forward direction. "They went slowly forward in the mud"
Exact synonyms: Forrader, Forward, Forwards, Onward, Onwards

5. Adverb. Ahead of time; in anticipation. "Should have made reservations beforehand"
Exact synonyms: Beforehand, In Advance

6. Adverb. To a more advanced or advantageous position. "Pushing talented students ahead"

7. Adverb. To a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future). "Pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday"

8. Adverb. Leading or ahead in a competition. "The advertising campaign put them out front in sales"
Exact synonyms: In The Lead, Out Front

Definition of Ahead

1. adv. In or to the front; in advance; onward.

Definition of Ahead

1. Adverb. In or to the front; in advance; onward. ¹

2. Adverb. Having progressed more. ¹

3. Adverb. In the direction one is facing or moving. ¹

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Definition of Ahead

1. at or to the front [adv]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ahead

ahead (current term)
ahead in the count
ahead of
ahead of one's time
ahead of the curve
ahead of the game
ahead of time
ahemeral day
ahemeral days

Literary usage of Ahead

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Theatre Arts by Society of Arts and Crafts, Detroit (1922)
"Before proceeding, however, to an application of the theory to the data of the year ahead on Broadway, I insist on pausing to deny the charge of echo and to ..."

2. Adult Literacy And New Technologies: Tools For A Lifetime by Office of Technology Assessment (1994)
"This chapter looks ahead to tomorrow, with three scenarios offering a vision of adult literacy for the next 5 to 10 years. The scenarios combine several ..."

3. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (1855)
"And now those under Thrasybulus, finding the squadron opposed to them began to slacken, stopped all farther extension of their line ahead ; and, ..."

4. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"Fimo manner built to resist them, but were slight ahead (because they did not charge prow to prow во much as on the side, after taking a circuit) ; and, ..."

5. Oecd Economic Surveys (2005)
"... growth: The challenges ahead The recovery from the 1998-2003 slowdown is now well entrenched. Private investment rebounded particularly strongly, ..."

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