Meaning of PRIME in English

PRIME

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a classic/perfect/prime example (= very typical )

This is a classic example of how not to run a business.

The pot is a perfect example of the Marine Style.

This is a prime example of government incompetence.

a prime number (= a number such as 13 that can be divided only by itself and 1 )

After 7, what is the next prime number?

a prime target (= the most suitable or most likely to be chosen )

Sporting events could become a prime target for terrorists.

Prime Minister

the British Prime Minister

prime mover

He was a prime mover in the bid to get better pay for West Indian cricketers.

prime number

prime rate

prime time

a prime time entertainment programme

the primary/prime objective (= the main one )

The primary objective of training is to improve performance.

the prime rate (= the lowest rate of interest at which companies can borrow money from a bank )

The amount above the prime rate is determined by the bank’s assessment of the risk involved in making the loan.

the prime/chief/main suspect

She didn’t realise he was the prime suspect in a murder case.

the prime/primary motive (= the main motive )

Concern was her prime motive in visiting Mrs Green.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

candidate

Another prime candidate for nostalgia this Christmas is Otis Redding.

San Francisco-based Bechtel is one of five companies in a consortium that is considered the prime candidate to build the 68-mile railroad.

We would have thought this was a prime candidate for disclosure.

Vinyl and aluminum siding are prime candidates to take flight in a high wind.

In this area there is a surprising lack of desktop publishing software as it is obviously a prime candidate .

This young woman seems a prime candidate .

Joseph was a prime candidate for deportation.

All prime candidates , a few hundred years ago, for the Witchfinder General.

cause

It remains a prime cause of inflation.

The prime cause , they believe, was a succession of dry summers in the mid-1970s.

Indeed, it is arguable that the different speeds of financial liberalisation are a prime cause of world trade and savings imbalances.

Nevertheless, the craftsmanship revealed - whether the harmony is a casual result or a prime cause -; is remarkable.

Britain has a political problem - and it is a prime cause of its economic problems.

Poor ventilation and damp will almost certainly be the prime causes .

concern

Opposing forces were in precarious balance, and resolving their tug-of-war was his prime concern .

Compare that with London or Paris, whose well-being is a prime concern of national governments.

Reform of workhouse infirmaries was one of her prime concerns .

Thirdly, the main decisions are taken by commercial interests which depend upon shareholders whose prime concern is to make money.

Money, Suggs readily admits, was a prime concern .

Individuals and their relationship to the social world were also the prime concern of Thomas.

The college should have as its prime concern the nurture of ethics and integrity; they are the core of any professions.

For their prime concern is conserving and showing plants.

example

The prime example discussed by Stepp and Michalski involved classifying simple pictures of goods trains.

Jimmy Buffett and Steve Winwood are prime examples .

Sherlock Holmes is the prime example .

A prime example is the Rio Vista West project.

Eighteen-year-old Linda Charley is a prime example .

The lycee was a prime example of old-fashioned fluency-last pedagogy.

He was a prime example of self-disparagement.

Some of it is merely popular or a prime example of a genre.

importance

The key to any understanding of the prime importance of the Soviet press is contained in Lenin's remarks on its function.

These classic instances reveal above all the prime importance of communications.

To no other group of soldiers functioning in this period was leadership a factor of such prime importance .

The marriage is still of prime importance .

But no one ever mentions two things which seem to me of prime importance in the whole relationship saga.

He thought compatibility and interests which could be shared and understood were of prime importance .

Here, reliability of quality and delivery is of prime importance because the producer works on minimal stock-holding of raw materials.

The care of the environment is of prime importance to our business and is the responsibility of all employees.

minister

Lord Home, the last Etonian prime minister , disliked politics because it interfered with his sport.

On Grey's becoming prime minister in 1831, Creevey got the post of treasurer of the ordnance at £1,200 a year.

Kiichi Miyazawa, the prime minister , used to work in the finance ministry, which oversees the tax office.

Ramsay MacDonald, soon to be the first Labour prime minister , was one of its graduates.

Valtr Komarek Valtr Komarek, aged 59, is a deputy prime minister .

Labour's policies may change, the prime minister says, but the values that underpin them remain eternal.

mover

In 455 the Goths were to be the prime movers in his elevation to imperial office.

I congratulate you, prime mover !

The other prime mover was that the slump is now in its dying throes.

Since Public Opinion is supposed to be the prime mover in democracies, one might reasonably expect to find a vast literature.

Nor was he thinking about who really was the prime mover , for he thought he knew that already.

The press had become a prime mover in determining government policy and influencing public opinion.

Whoever they were, Ulf and Eglaf are unlikely to have been the prime movers in the attack on Cnut.

The prime mover was George Dodson.

objective

This instituted a partnership between central and local government with both having as a prime objective the promotion of the education service.

So more and more families moved to the suburbs, with better schools their prime objective .

Ability in the techniques of good management should be a prime objective of all surveyors.

Your prime objective should assist you in coming to terms with the most limiting aspect of verbal presentations.

Their prime objective was to learn, and it was easy to create a fun learning environment.

This was the prime objective and the closing of the card catalogue was a consequence.

The prime objective was to keep plateau production going for as long as possible through increased recovery and satellites.

Nevertheless, the prime objective of forest management remains that of timber production.

purpose

It may have implications for social policy, but this is not the prime purpose .

The prime purpose might be to make money or to achieve a measure of self-sufficiency.

He said the bank's prime purpose was to protect depositors.

The prime purpose of John's nasal operation was remedial, now that he knew he wanted to make his career in ballet.

rate

Banks are now cutting their prime rates .

Today, the prime rate is 2. 83 percentage points higher than the yield on a 10-year government note.

At the time of writing, the prime rate is 8 percent and the rate of inflation is under 4 percent.

That includes containing increases in corporate lending rates like the long-term prime rate.

The long-term prime rate had been at a record low 2. 6 percent since early December.

The interest rate may be fixed, or it may float with the prime rate.

reason

Certainly, one of the prime reasons for powerlessness is lack of obedience.

It should not be the sole or prime reason or determinant of a decision.

There are three prime reasons why they are so important.

Again, one prime reason for developing cloning technology is to address these issues.

Again, this should not be the prime reason for having it in our services.

National service remained the prime reason for coalition.

The prime reason for this inequality is the geographical distribution of economic power.

That of course had not been his prime reason for going to Rhodes.

responsibility

His prime responsibility is the security of our prince.

Which organization will accept prime responsibility for the performance of the proposed facilities to specifications?

Again this is not her prime responsibility and preparation for teaching may be limited.

The Communist Party's paralysis is one factor, but the prime responsibility lies with Labour's manic political caution.

One prime responsibility of all states is the conduct of foreign policy.

If speculators do attack, the governors stress that the prime responsibility for protecting a currency should lie with the government concerned.

site

This prime site is adjacent to the dual carriageway at the main entrance to the port.

M40 has eliminated a species of butterfly! 15% Shropshire prime site loss - Development Planning control.

Such factors of course make Northern Ireland a prime site for locating computer operations which can be done discreetly with no eyeballing required.

Fossil reefs are one of the prime sites to look for fossils of many different kinds besides the corals themselves.

In explorations of the texture of racist discourses in recent years, the inner city has been a prime site for investigation.

A male that has a string of prime sites and well-made nests attracts the most females.

This prime site in the heart of the capital used to be a parking lot.

source

Efficiency in competition is thus a prime source of selection and occurs in many aspects of social life.

The third chapter is concerned with the prime source of information on the Earth: rocks and minerals.

A prime source of violence resides in the elitist educational strategies that are firmly rooted in the school ethos.

Noble landownership, the prime source of peasant resentment, was far from fading peacefully away.

For others, the arts and beauty are their prime source of pleasure and happiness.

Thus Blacks became a prime source of hostility for white unionists who set about erecting discriminatory barriers.

At the receiving end of refugees from the Middle Volga, Rostov-on-Don was the prime source of cholera outbreaks.

suspect

It was only later that smoking was seen to be the prime suspect .

He's looking more and more like the prime suspect in a lengthening string of murders.

The prime suspect was Vic, though how would he know Mungo was in here?

Having met him, Dexter was convinced Lancaster was their prime suspect .

The prime suspect is a man in his 20s, who wears blue overalls and a red baseball cap.

Mr Pacey's new team has 500 prime suspects in its sights.

Only interviews with the prime suspects could enlighten us now but, instead, they served to confuse still further.

target

The prime target market, then, is seen to be pre-retirement.

Although nationally distributed boxes do not change fronts often, the regional ones do, making them a prime target for collectors.

It was clear the police were looking for reporters, that they were prime targets .

The law and order section is a prime target for every kind of scam.

They are, therefore, a prime target for advertisers trying to reach an affluent market.

time

So why don't you both get off prime time telly immediately and make way for the new generation?

Under no circumstances, however, should the Dole campaign let Buchanan speak during prime time at the Republican Convention.

What a sweet deal that is-the stars get to look caring in exchange for prime time product placement.

Blimey, the schedules must be crammed with quality home-grown shows to keep such a peach out of prime time .

The concluding town hall meeting will be broadcast in prime time .

The really interesting question is what will take its place in this vital prime time slot.

Media Research Center analysts studied all 1995 prime time entertainment programs on the networks.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I give you the chairman/prime minister/groom etc

Prime Mover

Aristotle proposes that the Primum Mobile turns as a result of a craving for perfection generated in it by the Prime Mover.

But I think there's a more powerful force in this universe than the Prime Mover.

He must place his trust in the Prime Mover.

If she believed in the Prime Mover she would be praying.

Spike couldn't rant against the Prime Mover.

The universe is animated by an all-pervasive aspiration to a higher state, a greater perfection as embodied in the Prime Mover.

This is a holy war, and only the Prime Mover can decide who lives and who dies.

When our life systems are terminated we will again return to the Prime Mover.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

prime cuts of beef

Bigley was named the prime suspect in the murder.

Cheryl is a prime candidate for the new managerial position.

Our prime concern is for the child's safety.

The FBI regarded him as its prime suspect in the case.

The mall is in a prime location, visible from the freeway.

Tourists are prime targets for theft and robbery.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Prime ministerial power, and therefore prime ministerial government is challenged.

At least in Baja California, real estate should remain a prime factor in building new economic muscle.

But perhaps its prime message is the crucial role that Rosat is likely to play in our understanding of these issues.

Geoffrey Rippon, who was in charge of negotiations, reported to Whitelaw more often than to Heath, the prime minister.

He argued that agglomeration diseconomies were the prime explanation for the decentralization.

If so, the place for you is Usenet news, the Net's prime discussion area.

Mr Kravchuk has clearly been rankled by polls which show that his prime minister is twice as popular as he is.

The prime minister was primus inter pares in the cabinet-the first among equals.

II. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I give you the chairman/prime minister/groom etc

Prime Mover

Aristotle proposes that the Primum Mobile turns as a result of a craving for perfection generated in it by the Prime Mover.

But I think there's a more powerful force in this universe than the Prime Mover.

He must place his trust in the Prime Mover.

If she believed in the Prime Mover she would be praying.

Spike couldn't rant against the Prime Mover.

The universe is animated by an all-pervasive aspiration to a higher state, a greater perfection as embodied in the Prime Mover.

This is a holy war, and only the Prime Mover can decide who lives and who dies.

When our life systems are terminated we will again return to the Prime Mover.

president-elect/governor-elect/prime minister-elect etc

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Even Margaret Thatcher in her prime could not carry her party on the question of Sundays.

He was thirty-six years old, and his youth was gone, and even his prime was passing.

In his prime , Vermeer developed what can only be called a formula, and a dazzling one.

Surely you don't allow negative numbers to be primes?

The bottom strand is numbered in the same way from the 5' end, but with primes on the numbers.

The extract is bitter but tolerable, and the root has the taste of a radish past its prime .

Those selected for slaughter are done so at about thirty months, however, when their meat is at its prime .

III. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Prime Mover

Aristotle proposes that the Primum Mobile turns as a result of a craving for perfection generated in it by the Prime Mover.

But I think there's a more powerful force in this universe than the Prime Mover.

He must place his trust in the Prime Mover.

If she believed in the Prime Mover she would be praying.

Spike couldn't rant against the Prime Mover.

The universe is animated by an all-pervasive aspiration to a higher state, a greater perfection as embodied in the Prime Mover.

This is a holy war, and only the Prime Mover can decide who lives and who dies.

When our life systems are terminated we will again return to the Prime Mover.

president-elect/governor-elect/prime minister-elect etc

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Did you prime her with what to say?

The Cowboys will be primed and poised.

The Smiths were priming themselves for a spell in the top five.

These are then primed to recognise and attack the real invader.

When cleaned, non-ferrous metals are best brought to a bright finish before priming with zinc chromate or zinc phosphate.

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