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primary

adjective uk   /ˈpraɪ.mə.ri/ us    /-mɚ.i/

primary adjective (MAIN)

B2 more important than anything else; main: The Red Cross's primary concern is to preserve and protect human life. The primary responsibility lies with those who break the law.

primary adjective (EDUCATION)

B1 [before noun] UK of or for the teaching of young children, especially those between five and eleven years old: primary education a primary school

primary adjective (EARLIEST)

happening first: the primary stages of development

primary

noun [C] uk   /ˈpraɪ.mə.ri/ us    /-mɚ.i/
in the US, an election in which people who belong to a political party choose who will represent that party in an election for political office
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