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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 traffic lights, 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 latest opinion polls 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 difficult time ahead of her. He couldn't bear to think of the lonely year 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 shopping cart, so I told her she could go ahead of me in the checkout line.
[not gradable] Ahead also means further 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 graduate school.
(Definition of ahead from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ahead" in Business English

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aheadadverb

uk   /əˈhed/ us  
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 profits jumped 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 right tools and the right connections.ahead of sb/sth After showing signs of slowing sales growth, the group cut 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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