primarypri‧ma‧ry1 /ˈpraɪməri $ -meri/ ●●○W2AWL adjective 🔊 🔊 1MAIN[usually before noun] most important syn main 🔊 Our primary concern is to provide the refugees with food and health care. 🔊 Many of the villagers rely on fishing as their primary source of income.primary purpose/aim/objective 🔊 Their primary objective is to make money. 🔊 Personal safety is of primary importance.► see thesaurus at important, main2[only before noun]SES especially British Englishrelating to the education of children between 5 and 11 years oldsyn elementary American English → secondary 🔊 a primary teacher 🔊 primary education 🔊 teaching at primary level3BEFOREhappening or developing before other things 🔊 a primary tumour 🔊 Counselling was given as a primary therapy for depression.
primaryprimary2 noun (plural primaries) [countable] 🔊 🔊 1PPVa primaryelection2British English a primary school
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primary• No state yet to hold a primary has as many majormedia markets as Ohio.• The Arizona primary originally was expected to be a fight between Sen.• If it is later decided to compareprimaries, then equal-sized samples from each are likely to give greatest precision.• South Carolina holds the first primary in the South, with SuperTuesday following 10 days later.• In the Republicanprimaries, Dole has receivedsubstantial support from seniorcitizens, who trust one of their own vintage.From Longman Business Dictionaryprimarypri‧ma‧ry /ˈpraɪməri-meri/ adjective1main or most importantIts primary business is developing and marketing new software.The primary problem for the airlines is the recession.It uses coal as its primary source of fuel.2FINANCE relating to shares, bonds etc when they are ISSUED (=sold for the first time), and the markets where they are sold, rather than shares etc that are traded laterthe primary bond market