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"primary" in British English

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primaryadjective

uk   /ˈpraɪ.mər.i/  us   /ˈpraɪ.mer.i/

primarynoun [C]

uk   /ˈpraɪ.mə.ri/  us   /ˈpraɪ.mer.i/
(Definition of primary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"primary" in American English

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primaryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈprɑɪ·mer·i, -mə·ri/
more important than anything else; main: The primary goal of the space flight was to recover a satellite.
relating to the first part of a child’s education: the primary grades
happening first: the primary stages of development

primarynoun [C]

 us   /ˈprɑɪ·mer·i, -mə·ri/
  • primary noun [C] (ELECTION)

politics & government an election in which people who belong to a political party choose who will represent that party in an election for political office
(Definition of primary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"primary" in Business English

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primaryadjective

uk   /ˈpraɪməri/  us   /ˈpraɪmeri/
more important than anything else: primary concern/consideration/focus When oil prices started to rise sharply, the primary concern of financial markets was the possibility of inflation. Newspapers have been the primary source of news for many people for many years. The CEO has primary responsibility for making day-to-day investment decisions for each fund. primary goal/objective/purpose
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe shares, bonds, etc. at the time they are first made available, rather than when they are traded later: A combination of factors point to a rise in primary trading that will provide lucrative opportunities for new bond dealers.
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Translations of “primary”
in Arabic أساسي…
in Korean 주된, 주요한…
in Portuguese primordial…
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 最も重要な, 主要な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最重要的, 首要的, 主要的…
in Turkish ana, temel, asıl…
in Russian основной, главный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最重要的, 首要的, 主要的…
in Italian principale…
in Polish podstawowy…
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“primary” in Business English

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