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main

adjective
 
/meɪn/
B1 most important or largest: Our main problem is lack of money. The main airport is 15 miles from the capital.
the main thing the most important fact in a situation: You’re happy, and that’s the main thing.
Translations of “main”
in Korean 주요한…
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in French principal…
in Turkish asıl, esas, temel…
in Italian principale, più importante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 主要的, 最重要的, 最大的…
in Russian основной, главный…
in Polish główny…
in Spanish principal…
in Portuguese principal…
in German Haupt-……
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 主な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 主要的, 最重要的, 最大的…
(Definition of main from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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