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at or near the start of a period, development, or series

of, existing, or occurring in a distant period

developing, occurring, or appearing before the expected time

before the expected time

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at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

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being or occurring at an early stage of development

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belonging to the distant past

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very young

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of an early stage in the development of a language or literature

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expected in the near future

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during an early stage

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before the usual time or the time expected

in good time

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Melville died at his home in New York City early on the morning of September 28, 1891.
We are dwelling too long, perhaps, upon these individual pictures, endeared to us by the associations of early life, when, as yet a stripling youth, we have sat at the hospitable boards of the "mighty Northwesters," the lords of the ascendant at Montreal, and gazed with wondering and inexperienced eye at the baronial wassailing, and listened with astonished ear to their tales of hardship and adventures.
She looked at him suspiciously, but in a moment could not resist the temptation to impress him with the splendour of her early days.
In those early days I had no philosophized preference for reality in literature, and I dare say if I had been asked, I should have said that the plays of Shakespeare where reality is least felt were the most imaginative; that is the belief of the puerile critics still; but I suppose it was my instinctive liking for reality that made the great Histories so delightful to me, and that rendered "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" vital in their very ghosts and witches.
We have indeed picked out those stanzas from a quiet personal record of certain amorous hours of early youth in that quaint arctic land, Mr.
Refreshed, delighted, invigorated, I walked along, forgetting all my cares, feeling as if I had wings to my feet, and could go at least forty miles without fatigue, and experiencing a sense of exhilaration to which I had been an entire stranger since the days of early youth.
They had themselves married early in life--and, strange to say, they did not object on principle to the early marriages of other people.
She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow.
Rather, to-day, is it adjudged a step aside, or a step backward, to the social tyrannies that made the early world a hell, but that were as necessary as the Iron Heel was unnecessary.
But at a very early time the people of England began to act.
The early Greek epic -- that is, poetry as a natural and popular, and not (as it became later) an artificial and academic literary form -- passed through the usual three phases, of development, of maturity, and of decline.
Another thing was that he had no visions nor memories of the past in which that early self had lived.
On either view we may suppose that the bizcacha has retained, by inheritance, more of the character of its ancient progenitor than have other Rodents; and therefore it will not be specially related to any one existing Marsupial, but indirectly to all or nearly all Marsupials, from having partially retained the character of their common progenitor, or of an early member of the group.
Early in the morning a light air carried us towards the entrance of Port Jackson.
This is partly because the amount of thoroughly great literature which they produced is small, and partly because for present-day readers it is in effect a foreign literature, written in early forms of English or in foreign languages, so that to-day it is intelligible only through special study or in translation.