Meaning of AHEAD in English

AHEAD

a ‧ head S1 W2 /əˈhed/ BrE AmE adverb

1 . IN FRONT a short distance in front of someone or something OPP behind :

He kept his gaze fixed on the car ahead.

ahead of

A hill loomed ahead of them.

We could see the lights of Las Vegas up ahead.

some/a little/a long way ahead

The clinic was now in sight, some way ahead.

straight/dead ahead (=straight in front)

The river is eight miles away dead ahead.

Henry hurried on ahead (=went in front of the others) .

2 . FORWARD if someone or something looks or moves ahead, they look or move forward:

He stared straight ahead.

The ship forged ahead through the thin ice.

3 . BEFORE SOMEBODY ELSE before someone else

ahead of

There were four people ahead of me at the doctor’s.

4 . FUTURE in the future

ahead of

You have a long trip ahead of you.

Problems may lie ahead.

the years/days/months etc ahead

We do not foresee any major changes in the years ahead.

Unless we plan ahead (=plan for the future) we are going to be in a mess.

5 . BEFORE AN EVENT before an event happens SYN in advance :

I cook rice two or three hours ahead.

Can you tell me ahead of time if you’re coming?

ahead of

He’s giving a series of concerts in London ahead of his international tour.

6 . ahead of schedule earlier than planned or arranged:

I arrived at Jack’s suite half an hour ahead of schedule.

7 . PROGRESS/SUCCESS making progress and being successful in your job, education etc

get/keep/stay ahead

Getting ahead at work is the most important thing to her at the moment.

8 . ADVANCED ideas, achievements etc that are ahead of others have made more progress or are more developed:

This design is light years ahead (=much more advanced) in performance and comfort.

ahead of your/its time (=very advanced or new, and not understood or accepted)

Coleridge was in many ways far ahead of his time.

9 . WINNING winning in a competition or election:

Two shots from Gardner put the Giants 80–75 ahead.

We are 10 points ahead in the polls.

ahead of

At this stage, Smith appeared to be ahead of his rivals.

10 . go ahead

a) spoken used to tell someone they can do something:

‘Can I have the sports section?’ ‘Yeah, go ahead, I’ve read it.’

b) to do something that was planned, especially in spite of a problem

go ahead with

Frank’ll be late but we’ll go ahead with the meeting anyway.

c) to take place:

Tests of anti-cancer drugs are to go ahead this year.

⇨ ↑ go-ahead 1

11 . ahead of the game/curve informal in a position where you are more advanced or more successful than your competitors:

Belmont city leaders have never been ahead of the curve in environmental matters.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.