Meaning of PRIMARY in English

PRIMARY

(primaries)

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

1.

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

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

His misunderstanding of language was the ~ 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 ~ education until 1880...

...~ teachers.

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

Primary is used to describe something that occurs first.

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

ADJ: ADJ n

4.

A ~ or a ~ 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 ~...

N-COUNT

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