primary

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Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
primary

Comparative
none

Superlative
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Primary is on the Academic Vocabulary List.
  1. (usually before a noun) first.
    Primary education covers infant schooling from the ages of 5–7 or 8, then junior schooling concluding at the ages of 10 or 11.
    Most patients are managed in primary care but the vast majority of research publications derive from hospitals.
  2. (usually before a noun) most important.
    The company had shops in buildings whose primary purpose was as office space.
  3. (usually before a noun) most basic, simplest.
    The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow.

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Noun[change]

Singular
primary

Plural
primaries

  1. (countable) A primary is a kind of election held by a political party to choose the people it prefers for public office.
    Arlen Specter defeated Pat Toomey in the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate.
  2. (countable) Primary means an elementary school.
  3. Primary means the first grade in an elementary school.
  4. (countable) Primary means a base, something that is irreducible.