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 you
a ) 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 future
a ) 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 her
days/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?
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3. ) before
a ) 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 progress
a ) 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.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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