early on

early on
adverb
during an early stage
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early on in her career

Syn: ↑early

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adverb
1. Britain : at or during an early stage (as in a process)

the reasons were obvious early on in the experiment

he could see very early on that it would be impossible

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early on
Before much time has elapsed
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early on phrase
in the early part of a process or activity

Mr Wood decided quite early on that he was not right for the job.

Thesaurus: from or at the beginningsynonym
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early (or earlier) on
at an early (or earlier) stage in a particular time or period

they discovered early on that the published data were wrong

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early on
: at or during an early point or stage

The reasons were obvious early on [=early] in the experiment.

Early on originated in British English. Some American writers have objected to it, but it is now very common in the U.S. Note that unlike early, early on can appear at the beginning of a sentence.

Early on, the project was in trouble.

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early ˈon idiom
at an early stage of a situation, relationship, period of time, etc

I knew quite early on that I wanted to marry her.

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