before expected or planned time: If you finish the task early you can go home.
in the beginning of a period of time: We’ll meet again early next week.
premature, earlier than usual: The announcement brought the meeting to an early end.
belonging to the very ancient past: Early settlers had to cope with very primitive living conditions.
the beginning of a process, activity, etc.: You can change the plan at this early stage this time.
expected in the near future: We look forward to an early reply.