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"prime" in British English

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primeadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /praɪm/
C2 main or most ​important: This is a prime example of 1930s ​architecture. the prime ​suspect in a ​murderinvestigation a prime ​source of ​evidence The ​president is a prime (= ​likely) target for the assassin's ​bullet. of the ​bestquality: prime ​beef The ​hotel is in a prime ​location in the ​citycentre.
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primenoun [S]

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the ​period in ​yourlife when you are most ​active or ​successful: This is a ​dancer in her prime. Middle ​age can be the prime of ​life if you have the ​rightattitude. I ​suspect this ​cheese is past ​its prime.

primeverb [T]

uk   us   /praɪm/
to ​tell someone something that will ​prepare them for a ​particularsituation: I'd been primed so I ​knew not to ​mention her ​son. to ​cover the ​surface of ​wood with a ​specialpaint before the ​mainpaint is put on to make a ​bomb or ​gunready to ​explode or ​fire
(Definition of prime from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prime" in American English

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primeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /prɑɪm/

prime adjective [not gradable] (MAIN/BEST)

most ​important, or of the ​bestquality: You’re a prime ​candidate to be ​spendingmoney on ​foolish things. This is a prime ​example of ​native Utah ​architecture. The ​hospital is ​located on prime Upper ​East Side ​property.

primeverb [T]

 us   /prɑɪm/

prime verb [T] (PREPARE)

to ​prepare someone or something for the next ​stage in a ​process: Their ​teachers are getting those ​kids primed for the ​tests. To prime a ​surface is to ​cover it with a ​specialpaint before the ​mainpaint is put on.
(Definition of prime from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prime" in Business English

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primeadjective

uk   us   /praɪm/
main or most important: This is a prime ​example of good ​salesmanship. Reckless ​lending was the prime cause of the ​crisis. With a ​marketvalue now of only £2.1bn, it remains a prime ​takeovertarget.
of the best ​quality: The ​hotel is in a prime ​location in the city ​centre. The ​land is considered prime ​realestate that could eventually be used for homes.
Prime-1/Prime-2/Prime-3 FINANCE a rating (= ​measurement of how good something is) given to a ​loan to show how much of a ​risk there is that the ​loan will not be ​paid back. A Prime-1 ​ratingmeans that the ​risk is very ​low. A Prime-2 or Prime-3 ​ratingmeans that the ​risk is ​higher: Issuers ​rated Prime-1 have a ​superiorability for ​repayment of ​seniorshort-termdebtobligations.

primenoun [S]

uk   us   /praɪm/
the ​period in your ​life or your ​job when you are most ​active or ​successful: in his/her/their prime He ​retired while he was still in his prime.past my/your prime I ​plan to ​work way past my prime.
US FINANCE, BANKING, ECONOMICS the ​lowestrate of ​interest that ​bankscharge their best ​customers for ​loans over a ​shortperiod and that is used for ​calculating the ​interestrates on other ​types of ​loan: above/below prime The ​loan was ​issued at a ​variableinterestrate of 1.5% above prime.
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primeverb [T, usually passive]

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to prepare someone or something for a particular ​situation: I was well primed for the ​meeting and gave a very ​successfulpresentation. The ​company is primed to ​moveahead with its ​publicoffering.
prime the pump to ​providemoney, encouragement, ​ideas, etc. to ​help something get ​started: Venture ​capitalneeds to be ​raised to prime the ​pump of startups, which are ​long on ​ideas but ​short on ​cash.
(Definition of prime from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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