Meaning of AHEAD in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ əhed ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

Note: In addition to the uses shown below, 'ahead' is used in phrasal verbs such as ‘get ahead’, ‘go ahead’, and ‘press ahead’.


Something that is ahead is in front of you. If you look ahead , you look directly in front of you.

Brett looked straight ahead...

I peered ahead through the front screen...

The road ahead was now blocked solid...

Ahead, he saw the side railings of First Bridge over Crooked Brook.

≠ behind

ADV : ADV after v , n ADV , ADV with cl


You use ahead with verbs such as ‘push’, ‘move’, and ‘forge’ to indicate that a plan, scheme, or organization is making fast progress.

We are moving ahead with plans to send financial aid...

= forward

ADV : ADV after v


If you are ahead in your work or achievements, you have made more progress than you expected to and are performing well.

First half profits have charged ahead from £127.6m to £134.2m...

Children in small classes are several months ahead in reading.

ADV : be ADV , ADV after v , oft amount ADV


If a person or a team is ahead in a competition, they are winning.

Scotland were ahead in their European championship qualifier in Iceland...

A goal would have put Dublin 6-1 ahead.

ADV : be ADV , ADV after v , oft amount ADV


Ahead also means in the future.

A much bigger battle is ahead for the president...

Now I can remember without mourning, and begin to look ahead...

ADV : v-link ADV , ADV after v , n ADV


If you prepare or plan something ahead , you do it some time before a future event so that everything is ready for that event to take place.

The government wants figures that help it to plan ahead...

Summer weddings need to be arranged months ahead.

ADV : ADV after v


If you go ahead , or if you go on ahead , you go in front of someone who is going to the same place so that you arrive there some time before they do.

I went ahead and waited with Sean...

ADV : ADV after v

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.