first Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “first” in the English Dictionary

"first" in British English

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firstordinal number, determiner

uk   /ˈfɜːst/  us   /ˈfɝːst/
A1 (a ​person or thing) coming before all ​others in ​order, ​time, ​amount, ​quality, or ​importance: This is my first ​visit to New York. I ​fell in ​love with him the first time I ​saw him. I'm always ​nervous for the first fewminutes of an ​exam. Today is the first (ofAugust).in the first place B2 in or at the ​beginning (of a ​series of ​events): The ​trousersshrank when I ​washed them, but they weren't really ​big enough in the first ​place. Thankfully, he wasn't ​hurt, but he never should have been there in the first ​ the first instance UK as the first ​attempt or ​effort: Enquiries about the ​post should be ​addressed in the first ​instance to the ​personnelmanager.first thing at the ​earliesttime in the ​day: He said he'd ​call back first thing ​tomorrow.
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uk   /ˈfɜːst/  us   /ˈfɝːst/
A1 before all ​others in ​order, ​time, ​amount, ​quality, or ​importance: Tom came first in the ​race. Who ​finished first? If you get ​home first, can you ​feed the ​cat?B1 for the first ​time: When did you first ​meet each other? The ​company was still very ​small when I first ​joined.A2 (also firstly) used at the ​beginning of a ​list of things you ​want to say or write: First, I ​want to ​thank my ​parents. First (of all) (= before anything ​else), I'd like to ​ask you a few ​questions. First off (= before anything ​else), ​let me ​introduce myself.


uk   /ˈfɜːst/  us   /ˈfɝːst/

first noun (THING/PERSON)

B1 [S] the first ​person or thing to do or be something, or the first ​person or thing ​mentioned: [+ to infinitive] She was one of the first toarrive. He is the first (= very ​willing) toadmit that much of his ​success is ​due to his good ​looks. Tonight ​sees the first of three ​documentaries about ​cancer.from the (very) first from the ​beginning: I've ​opposed the ​proposal from the very first.

first noun (NEVER BEFORE)

C2 [S] something that has never ​happened or been done before: This new ​surgicaltechnique is a first for (= has never been done before in) the ​hospital.

first noun (QUALIFICATION)

[C] UK (also first-class degree) the ​bestpossible undergraduateuniversitydegree you can get in the UK and some other ​countries: She has a first inEnglish from Newcastle University.

first noun (VEHICLE)

[U] (also first gear) (in a ​vehicle) the gear used when ​starting to ​driveforward or when ​driving up a ​steephill

first noun (BASEBALL)

[C usually singular] informal →  first base
(Definition of first from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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firstadjective, adverb, noun [C]

 us   /fɜrst/
(a ​person or thing) coming before all ​others in ​order, ​time, ​amount, ​quality, or ​importance: Would you like to go first? [C] We ​leave on the first of ​August. At first (= In the ​beginning) I ​thought he was ​joking, but then I ​realized he ​meant it. First also ​means first ​base
(Definition of first from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “first”
in Korean 첫째의, 첫째의(일등의)…
in Arabic أوَّل, أهَمّ…
in Malaysian pertama…
in French premier, première…
in Russian первый…
in Chinese (Traditional) 第一(的), 首先, 最初…
in Italian primo…
in Turkish ilk, birinci, ilk ve tek…
in Polish pierwszy…
in Spanish primero…
in Vietnamese thứ nhất, đầu tiên…
in Portuguese primeiro…
in Thai เป็นอันดับที่หนึ่ง…
in German erst, zuerst…
in Catalan primer…
in Japanese 最初の, 第一の, 最高の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 第一(的), 首先, 最初…
in Indonesian pertama…
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