Meaning of AHEAD in English
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.
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
There were four people ahead of me at the doctor’s.
4 . FUTURE in the future
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?
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
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.
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. 2012