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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsecondarysec‧ond‧a‧ry /ˈsekəndəri $ -deri/ ●●○ S3 W2 adjective  1 secondary education/schooling/teaching etc2 UNIMPORTANTnot as important as something elseprimary the novel’s secondary characterssecondary to Writing was always secondary to spending time with my family.be of secondary importance/be a secondary consideration Cost is the important thing – any benefits for the user are a secondary consideration.see thesaurus at unimportantsecondarily adverb
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secondaryLiver biopsy showed that this patient already had secondary biliary cirrhosis.The secondary decisions that follow become, in fact, the primary decisions.Free secondary education increased the pressure on space.These six secondary ideas in chapter 1 are distilled from a detailed discussion over many pages.Price is the most important factor for us - location is a secondary issue.The government sees unemployment as a secondary issue.The study found that women were often reduced to secondary roles in the workplace.Some accept the secondary status the discipline allocates them.Tourism is secondary to oil revenues as a source of income.be of secondary importance/be a secondary considerationTeenagers want their clothes to look good - comfort is of secondary importance to them.
From Longman Business Dictionarysecondarysec‧ond‧a‧ry /ˈsekəndəri-deri/ adjective1secondary shares/bonds etcFINANCE shares, stocks etc in companies that are not considered to be the biggest or most important SYN SECOND-TIERThe market for secondary corporate issues was quiet yesterday.2secondary industry/productCOMMERCE an industry or product that has developed from another industry and uses materials from that larger industrySecondary industries turn products from farming into more useful forms, eg wool into cloth.3secondary market/trading etcFINANCE trading of shares, bonds etc that have already been ISSUED (=made available and sold for the first time), and which are now available on the market for other investors to buy and sellThe primary market has been out-performing the secondary market in terms of value over the past four years.the 300,000 shares in the secondary offering
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