Meaning of PRIME in English

PRIME

transcription, транскрипция: [ praɪm ]

( primes, priming, primed)

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

1.

You use prime to describe something that is most important in a situation.

Political stability, meanwhile, will be a prime concern...

It could be a prime target for guerrilla attack...

The police will see me as the prime suspect!

ADJ : ADJ n

2.

You use prime to describe something that is of the best possible quality.

It was one of the City’s prime sites, near the Stock Exchange.

ADJ : ADJ n

3.

You use prime to describe an example of a particular kind of thing that is absolutely typical.

The prime example is Macy’s, once the undisputed king of California retailers.

= classic

ADJ : ADJ n

4.

If someone or something is in their prime , they are at the stage in their existence when they are at their strongest, most active, or most successful.

She was in her intellectual prime...

We’ve had a series of athletes trying to come back well past their prime.

...young persons in the prime of life.

N-UNCOUNT : usu poss N

5.

If you prime someone to do something, you prepare them to do it, for example by giving them information about it beforehand.

Claire wished she’d primed Sarah beforehand...

Arnold primed her for her duties...

The press corps was primed to leap to the defense of the fired officials.

= brief

VERB : V n , V n for n , be V-ed to-inf

6.

to prime the pump: see pump

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