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"prime" in American English

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primeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /prɑɪm/
most important, or of the best quality: You’re a prime candidate to be spending money on foolish things. This is a prime example of native Utah architecture. The hospital is located on prime Upper East Side property.

primeverb [T]

 us   /prɑɪm/
  • prime verb [T] (PREPARE)

to prepare someone or something for the next stage in a process: Their teachers are getting those kids primed for the tests.
To prime a surface is to cover it with a special paint before the main paint is put on.
(Definition of prime from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"prime" in British English

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primeadjective [before noun]

uk   /praɪm/  us   /praɪm/
C2 main or most important: This is a prime example of 1930s architecture. the prime suspect in a murder investigation a prime source of evidence The president is a prime (= likely) target for the assassin's bullet.
of the best quality: prime beef The hotel is in a prime location in the city centre.

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primenoun [S]

uk   /praɪm/  us   /praɪm/

primeverb [T]

uk   /praɪm/  us   /praɪm/
(Definition of prime from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prime" in Business English

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primeadjective

uk   us   /praɪm/
main or most important: This is a prime example of good salesmanship. Reckless lending was the prime cause of the crisis. With a market value now of only £2.1bn, it remains a prime takeover target.
of the best quality: The hotel is in a prime location in the city centre. The land is considered prime real estate that could eventually be used for homes.
Prime-1/Prime-2/Prime-3
FINANCE a rating (= measurement of how good something is) given to a loan to show how much of a risk there is that the loan will not be paid back. A Prime-1 rating means that the risk is very low. A Prime-2 or Prime-3 rating means that the risk is higher: Issuers rated Prime-1 have a superior ability for repayment of senior short-term debt obligations.

primenoun [S]

uk   us   /praɪm/
the period in your life or your job when you are most active or successful: in his/her/their prime He retired while he was still in his prime.past my/your prime I plan to work way past my prime.
US FINANCE, BANKING, ECONOMICS the lowest rate of interest that banks charge their best customers for loans over a short period and that is used for calculating the interest rates on other types of loan: above/below prime The loan was issued at a variable interest rate of 1.5% above prime.
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primeverb [T, usually passive]

uk   us   /praɪm/
to prepare someone or something for a particular situation: I was well primed for the meeting and gave a very successful presentation. The company is primed to move ahead with its public offering.
prime the pump
to provide money, encouragement, ideas, etc. to help something get started: Venture capital needs to be raised to prime the pump of startups, which are long on ideas but short on cash.
(Definition of prime from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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