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Definition of ahead adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1For the special uses of ahead in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, press ahead (with something) is in the phrasal verb section at press. further forward in space or time; in front I'll run ahead and warn them. The road ahead was blocked. We've got a lot of hard work ahead. This will create problems in the months ahead. He was looking straight ahead (= straight forward, in front of him).
  2. 2earlier synonym in advance (of something) The party was planned weeks ahead.
  3. 3winning; further advanced Our team was ahead by six points. You need to work hard to stay ahead.
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