Meaning of FIRST in English

I. adjective


being number one in a series

the first day of the week

Synonyms: foremost, headmost, inaugural, initial, leading

Contrasted words: final, terminal, ultimate; interjacent, intermediary, intermediate, intervenient, intervening

Antonyms: last


preceding all others

succeeded at her first try

Synonyms: earliest, initial, maiden, original, pioneer, primary, prime

Related Word: early, pristine; primal, primogenial, primordial

Contrasted words: derivative, imitative, secondary

Antonyms: final


exceeding all others

he was the first statesman of his era

Synonyms: arch, champion, chief, foremost, head, leading, premier, principal

Related Word: eminent, highest, preeminent, primary, prime, supreme; dominant, paramount, predominant, sovereign; main, outstanding

Contrasted words: ancillary, auxiliary, secondary, subsidiary

Antonyms: subordinate


most rudimentary

had not the first chance of success

Synonyms: least, slightest, smallest

Related Word: measly, slight, slim, trifling, trivial

Contrasted words: considerable, goodly, significant, substantial, tolerable, worthwhile

II. adverb

Synonyms: firstly , initially

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