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elementary

adjective uk   /ˌel.ɪˈmen.tər.i/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/
basic: I have an elementary knowledge of physics. They made some elementary mistakes. Millions of travellers fail to take even the most elementary of precautions.B1 relating to the early stages of studying a subject: This book contains a series of elementary exercises for learners.
Translations of “elementary”
in Korean 초보의…
in Arabic ابْتِدائي…
in Portuguese elementar…
in Catalan elemental…
in Japanese 初歩の…
in Italian elementare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 基本的, 初級的, 基礎的…
in Russian основной, элементарный, начальный…
in Turkish temel, başlangıç…
in Chinese (Simplified) 基本的, 初级的, 基础的…
in Polish podstawowy, elementarny, początkujący…
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