|Origin:||primarius, from primus; PRIME1|
pri‧ma‧ry1 S3 W2
1 [usually before noun]
most important [= main]:
Our primary concern is to provide the refugees with food and healthcare.
Many of the villagers rely on fishing as their primary source of income.
Their primary objective is to make money.
Personal safety is of primary importance.
2 [only before noun]SES especially British English
relating to the education of children between five and eleven years old [= elementary AmE; ↪ secondary]:
a primary teacher
teaching at primary level
happening or developing before other things:
a primary tumour
Counselling was given as a primary therapy for depression.