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In the beginning stages of something; at the start. I knew early on, probably after just a few dates in fact, that I wanted to marry Annabelle. If you learn early on that most people are set in their views, you won't waste time trying to convert them.
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early; at an early stage. We recognized the problem early on, but we waited too long to do something about it. This doesn't surprise me. I knew about it early on.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
At an early stage in a process or course of events, as in He started using computers very early on. [1920s]
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early ˈonat an early stage of a situation, relationship, period of time, etc: I knew quite early on that I wanted to marry her.
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At an early stage or point: Early on in the movie, the main character loses his job.
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