Synonyms of ahead in English:

ahead


See definition of ahead

adverb

1‘he peered ahead, but could see nothing’

SYNONYMS
forwards, towards the front, frontwards
onwards, on, forth
ANTONYMS

behind

2‘he had ridden on ahead’

SYNONYMS
in front, at the head, in the lead, at the fore, to the fore, in the vanguard, in the van, in advance
British at the head of the queue
North American at the head of the line
ANTONYMS

behind, at the back

3‘she was preparing herself mentally for what lay ahead’

SYNONYMS
in the future, in time, in time to come, in the fullness of time, at a later date, after this, henceforth, subsequently, later on, in due course, next, from now on, from this day on, from this time on, from this day forth, from this day forward
ANTONYMS

in the past

4‘a poll showed them ahead by six points’

SYNONYMS
leading, winning, in the lead, in front, out in front, to the fore, first, coming first
informal up front
ANTONYMS

losing


Phrases

    ahead of one's time

    ‘he broke all the rules and achieved an effect that was way ahead of its time’


    SYNONYMS
    revolutionary, avant-garde, futuristic, innovatory, innovative, innovational, trailblazing, pioneering, groundbreaking, disruptive
    ultra-modern, advanced, highly developed, the latest, new, the newest, up to the minute
    ANTONYMS

    behind the times

    ahead of

    1‘she stood back to allow Blanche to go ahead of her’


    SYNONYMS
    in front of, before
    ANTONYMS

    behind

    2‘we have a demanding trip ahead of us’


    SYNONYMS
    in store for, waiting for, in wait for

    3‘the motorway was finished two months ahead of schedule’


    SYNONYMS
    in advance of, before, earlier than, prior to, previous to
    ANTONYMS

    behind

    4‘in terms of these amenities, Britain was ahead of other European countries’


    SYNONYMS
    more advanced than, further on than, superior to, outdistancing, outstripping, surpassing, exceeding, better than, prevailing over
    ANTONYMS

    behind, inferior to