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elementary

adjective
 
 
/ˌelɪˈmentəri/
BASIC B1 basic: I only have an elementary knowledge of physics. an elementary mistakeCrude and basic
STUDYING B1 relating to the early stages of studying a subject: students at elementary levelKnowing and learning
Translations of “elementary”
in Korean 초보의…
in Arabic ابْتِدائي…
in Portuguese elementar…
in Catalan elemental…
in Japanese 初歩の…
in Italian elementare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 基本的, 初級的, 基礎的…
in Russian основной, элементарный, начальный…
in Turkish temel, başlangıç…
in Chinese (Simplified) 基本的, 初级的, 基础的…
in Polish podstawowy, elementarny, początkujący…
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