Meaning of “secondary” in the English Dictionary

"secondary" in British English

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secondaryadjective

uk /ˈsek.ən.dri/ us /ˈsek.ən.der.i/

secondary adjective (EDUCATION)

B1 [ before noun ] mainly UK relating to the education of children approximately between the ages of 11 and 18 years old:

secondary education
UK Marcus has just started at secondary school.

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  • It takes a year to do a PGCE and then you can teach in a primary or secondary school.
  • This course qualifies you to teach in any secondary school.
  • Emily will be starting secondary school this year.
  • In some countries secondary education is not universally available.
  • The last ten years have seen a transformation in secondary education.
secondarily
adverb uk /ˌsek.ənˈdeə.rəl.i/ us /ˌsek.ənˈder.əl.i/

(Definition of “secondary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"secondary" in American English

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secondaryadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsek·ənˌder·i/

secondary adjective [ not gradable ] (LESS IMPORTANT)

less important than related things:

A coach’s first responsibility is to the team – everything else is secondary.

secondary adjective [ not gradable ] (EDUCATION)

relating to the education of children approximately between the ages of 12 and 18:

The secondary curriculum will have to be drastically improved.

secondary adjective [ not gradable ] (COMING AFTER)

developing from something similar that existed earlier:

Someone who’s been treated for cancer can get a secondary tumor 20 years later.

(Definition of “secondary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"secondary" in Business English

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secondaryadjective

uk /ˈsekəndəri/ us

less important than related things:

Annual reported earnings are often seen as being of only secondary importance.

PRODUCTION developed from something similar that existed earlier:

They are the single largest provider of aluminium and its secondary products.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe the trading of existing bonds, shares, etc. rather than new ones:

Mortgage securities were mixed in secondary trading.
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(Definition of “secondary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)