1. having the leading position or higher score in a contest
- he is ahead by a pawn
1. at or in the front
- I see the lights of a town ahead
- the road ahead is foggy
- staring straight ahead
Similar word(s): before
2. toward the future; forward in time
- I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring
Similar word(s): forward
3. in a forward direction
- go ahead
- the train moved ahead slowly
- the boat lurched ahead
4. ahead of time; in anticipation
- when you pay ahead (or in advance) you receive a discount
- We like to plan ahead
Similar word(s): beforehand
5. to a more advanced or advantageous position
- a young man sure to get ahead
- pushing talented students ahead
6. to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future)
- moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday
- pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday
7. leading or ahead in a competition
- the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch
- ahead by two pawns
Sentences with ahead as an adverb:
- The island was directly ahead.
- Just ahead you can see the cliffs.
- There may be tough times ahead.
- You've got to think ahead so as not to be unprepared.
- He paid his rent ahead.
- In all of his classes Jack was ahead.