Meaning of "first" in Essential American English Dictionary


adverb us /fɜrst/

A1 before everything or everyone else:

Jason came in first in the race (= he won).

B1 for the first time:

I first met him last year.
at first

B1 at the beginning of a situation or period of time:

I didn’t like her at first, but now we are friends.
first; first of all

B1 before doing anything else:

First of all, make sure you have all the ingredients.

(Definition of “first adverb” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)