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ahead

adverb  /əˈhed/ us  

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.
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