ahead (adv.)

1620s, "at the head, in front," from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + head (n.) "front." Originally nautical (opposed to astern). Meaning "forward, onward" (the sense in go ahead) is from 1640s. To be ahead of (one's) time attested by 1837.

updated on November 29, 2016

Definitions of ahead from WordNet
ahead (adv.)
at or in the front;
staring straight ahead
the road ahead is foggy
I see the lights of a town ahead
Synonyms: in front / before
ahead (adv.)
toward the future; forward in time;
I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring
Synonyms: forward
ahead (adv.)
in a forward direction;
go ahead
the boat lurched ahead
the train moved ahead slowly
Synonyms: onward / onwards / forward / forwards / forrader
ahead (adv.)
ahead of time; in anticipation;
when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount
We like to plan ahead
Synonyms: in advance / beforehand
ahead (adv.)
to a more advanced or advantageous position;
a young man sure to get ahead
pushing talented students ahead
ahead (adv.)
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
moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday
ahead (adv.)
leading or ahead in a competition;
the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch
ahead by two pawns
Synonyms: out front / in the lead
ahead (adj.)
having the leading position or higher score in a contest;
he is ahead by a pawn
Synonyms: in the lead / leading
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