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primary

adjective uk   /ˈpraɪ.mə.ri/  us   /-mɚ.i/

primary adjective (MAIN)

B2 more important than anything else; main: The Red Cross's primary concern is to preserve and protect human life. The primary responsibility lies with those who break the law.
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primary adjective (EDUCATION)

B1 [before noun] UK of or for the teaching of young children, especially those between five and eleven years old: primary education a primary school

primary adjective (EARLIEST)

happening first: the primary stages of development

primary

noun [C] uk   /ˈpraɪ.mə.ri/  us   /-mɚ.i/
in the US, an election in which people who belong to a political party choose who will represent that party in an election for political office
Translations of “primary”
in Korean 주된, 주요한…
in Arabic أساسي…
in Portuguese primordial…
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 最も重要な, 主要な…
in Italian principale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最重要的, 首要的, 主要的…
in Russian основной, главный…
in Turkish ana, temel, asıl…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最重要的, 首要的, 主要的…
in Polish podstawowy…
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