- a|head [ ə`hed ] function word ***Ahead is used in the following ways:as an adverb:I could see the end of the tunnel ahead.in the preposition phrase ahead of:We have some difficult problems ahead of us.1. ) in front of youa ) used for saying that something is in front of you, in the direction you are going or looking:There's a motel just a few miles ahead.His attention was firmly fixed on the road ahead.ahead of: The car ahead of us stopped suddenly.up ahead (=not far in front): We're almost there! That's the place up ahead.b ) moving, pointing, or looking toward a place in front of you:Francesca was staring ahead into the darkness.straight ahead: Instead of turning left, he drove straight ahead toward the river.c ) moving in front of someone and in the same direction:She walked ahead of him along the corridor.2. ) in the futurea ) used when saying what will happen in the future:ahead of: We have a busy day ahead of us.a young woman with a brilliant career ahead of herdays/weeks/years etc. ahead: Where will the money come from in the years ahead?b ) look/think/plan ahead to think about the future or plan for the future:Looking ahead to next summer, where would you like to go?=> LIE13. ) beforea ) before a time or event:ahead of: There will be an inspection of the track ahead of tomorrow's race.ahead of time: If you had warned me ahead of time, I wouldn't have gone.b ) starting to go somewhere a little before someone and arriving there before them:You go on ahead and tell them we're coming.I'll send my luggage on ahead.c ) used for saying how much earlier the clocks in one place show a particular time than in another:New York is three hours ahead of Los Angeles.d ) used for saying that someone finishes a race before someone else:ahead of: David finished ahead of me in last year's Grand Prix.e ) ahead of time/schedule at an earlier time than was planned or arranged:The train had left five minutes ahead of time.Mexico announced its intention of repaying the loan ahead of schedule.4. ) having made more progressa ) used for saying that someone has made more progress than someone else, or more progress than expected:The Russians were now ahead of them in space research.Some of these children are two years ahead in reading skills.b ) used for saying that a particular idea, product, invention, etc. is more advanced than others:The technology was far ahead of anything available in the West.ahead of someone's/something's time (=too modern to be accepted or understood): As a writer, Sterne was ahead of his time.c ) get ahead to make progress in your work and become successful:If you want to get ahead in politics, you have to look confident.5. ) having won more points, votes, etc. used for saying that someone is achieving more success in a competition, election, etc. than someone else:ahead of: Eagles are already ten points ahead of their nearest rivals.Opinion polls show Jacobson pulling ahead of Rodgers.well ahead (=winning easily): At the end of Round 8, Tyson was well ahead.get/keep/stay ahead (of the game)to react quickly so that you gain/keep an advantage:Our industries have to keep ahead of the game in world trade.=> GO AHEAD
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.