Pronunciation key

( ə-hed )


adv. and adj.

[a-, on + head].

  1. in the front or toward the front.
  2. forward, onward.
  3. in advance or advanced.

To be in a position of winning or profit. Benefit. Advantage.

To get ahead is to advance socially, financially, et cetera.

To get ahead of is to outdo or excel.


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
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