Definitions of earlier:
- adjective: (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early
Example: "A fashion popular in earlier times"
- adverb: earlier in time; previously
Example: "He called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"
- adverb: before now
- adverb: comparatives of `soon' or `early'
Example: "Came earlier than I expected"
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