Meaning of PRIMARY in English

PRIMARY

transcription, транскрипция: [ praɪməri, AM -meri ]

( primaries)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

You use primary to describe something that is very important. ( FORMAL )

That’s the primary reason the company’s share price has held up so well...

His misunderstanding of language was the primary cause of his other problems...

= main

ADJ : ADJ n

2.

Primary education is given to pupils between the ages of 5 and 11. ( BRIT; in AM, use elementary )

Britain did not introduce compulsory primary education until 1880...

...primary teachers.

ADJ : ADJ n

3.

Primary is used to describe something that occurs first.

It is not the primary tumour that kills, but secondary growths elsewhere in the body...

ADJ : ADJ n

4.

A primary or a primary election is an election in an American state in which people vote for someone to become a candidate for a political office. Compare general election .

...the 1968 New Hampshire primary...

N-COUNT

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