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foremost

adjective
     
fore‧most
1 the best or most important [= leading, top]:
one of the country's foremost authorities on chemical warfare
Rostropovich was long considered the world's foremost cellist.
2 in a leading position among a group of people or things
foremost among/amongst
Sharpton was foremost among the protesters.
Economic concerns are foremost on many voters' minds.

➔ first and foremost

at first2 (10)

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