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"ahead" in British English

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aheadadverb

uk   /əˈhed/  us   /əˈhed/
  • ahead adverb (IN FRONT)

B1 in ​front: The ​road ahead is very ​busy. Turn ​left at the ​trafficlights, and you'll ​see the ​hospital straight ahead. Rick ​walked on ahead of us. You go on ahead of (= before) me, and I'll ​meet you there.
B2 having more ​points, ​votes, etc. than someone ​else in a ​competition, ​election, etc.: Apparently, the ​latestopinionpolls put the Democrats 15 ​percent ahead of the Republicans. Barcelona was ahead after ten ​minutes.
C2 making more ​progress than someone ​else: Sophie is way (= ​far) ahead of the other ​children in her ​class.

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  • ahead adverb (IN THE FUTURE)

B1 in or into the ​future: She has a ​difficulttime ahead of her. He couldn't ​bear to ​think of the ​lonelyyear ahead.

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(Definition of ahead from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ahead" in American English

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aheadadverb

 us   /əˈhed/
  • ahead adverb (IN FRONT)

[not gradable] directly in ​front: She only had a few things in her ​shoppingcart, so I told her she could go ahead of me in the ​checkoutline.
[not gradable] Ahead also ​meansfurther along in ​development or ​achievement: Sophie is way ahead of the ​rest of her ​class.
  • ahead adverb (IN THE FUTURE)

in or into the ​future: We have a lot of hard ​work ahead of us. You have to ​plan ahead when you’re ​thinking of going to ​graduateschool.
(Definition of ahead from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ahead" in Business English

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aheadadverb

uk   us   /əˈhed/
at a better, ​higher, or greater ​level than before: be ahead by sth First-half ​figures showed that pre-tax ​profits were ahead by 8% to £94.8m. Full-year ​profitsjumped 25% to £106m pre-tax, which was ahead of ​expectations.
more ​developed, ​advanced, or able to ​succeed: keep/get/stay ahead To get ahead in the ​industry you need the ​righttools and the ​rightconnections.ahead of sb/sth After showing ​signs of ​slowingsalesgrowth, the ​groupcut its ​prices to ​stay ahead of its ​rivals.
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(Definition of ahead from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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