Meaning of FIRST in English

n. 25B6; adjective

the first chapter : EARLIEST, initial, opening, introductory.

first principles : FUNDAMENTAL, basic, rudimentary, primary; key, cardinal, central, chief, vital, essential.

our first priority : FOREMOST, principal, highest, greatest, paramount, top, uppermost, prime, chief, leading, main, major; overriding, predominant, prevailing, central, core, dominant; informal number-one.

first prize : TOP, best, prime, premier, winner's, winning.

last, closing.

25B6; adverb

the room they had first entered : AT FIRST, to begin with, first of all, at the outset, initially.

she would eat first : BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, first and foremost, now.

she wouldn't go—she'd die first! : IN PREFERENCE, sooner, rather, more willingly.

25B6; noun

from the first, surrealism was theatrical : THE (VERY) BEGINNING, the start, the outset, the commencement; informal the word go, the off.

(informal) it was a first for both of us : NOVELTY, new/first experience.

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