first

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first

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Adjective[change]

Positive
first

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

(ordinal number)

  1. The first thing is the one that is number one (1) in order.
    I have no older brothers. I was the first child.

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Adverb[change]

Positive
first

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

(sentence adverb)

  1. If something is first, it is before anything else.
    He was the fastest in class and usually finished everything first.
    First, I should say that we're happy to see you all here today.
  2. Never before.
    I first went to Japan in 1994.
  3. At the beginning.
    When we were first married, everything was wonderful.

Noun[change]

Singular
first

Plural
firsts

  1. A first is something that has not happened before.
    A dog walking on stilts? Well, that is a first.

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