- a|headW2S2 [əˈhed] adv▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(in front)¦2¦(forward)¦3¦(before somebody else)¦4¦(future)¦5¦(before an event)¦6 ahead of schedule7¦(progress/success)¦8¦(advanced)¦9¦(WINNING)¦10 go ahead11 ahead of the game/curve▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(IN FRONT)¦a short distance in front of someone or something≠ ↑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 elseahead of▪ There were four people ahead of me at the doctor's.4.) ¦(FUTURE)¦in the futureahead of▪ You have a long trip ahead of you.▪ Considerable problems may lie ahead .the years/days/months etc ahead▪ We do not foresee any major changes in our way of life 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= ↑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 scheduleearlier 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 etcget/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 aheada) 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 problemgo 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-ahead111.) ahead of the game/curveAmE informal in a position where you are in control of something, and more successful than your competitors▪ Belmont city leaders have never been ahead of the curve in environmental matters.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.