Al*read"y (#), adv. [All (OE. al) + ready.]

Prior to some specified time, either past, present, or future; by this time; previously.

"Joseph was in Egypt already."

Exod. i. 5.

I say unto you, that Elias is come already. Matt. xvii. 12.

⇒ It has reference to past time, but may be used for a future past; as, when you shall arrive, the business will be already completed, or will have been already completed.


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