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primary

pri·ma·ry

primary

 
pronunciation:
praI mer i [or] praI mr i
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: main; most important.
Deidre's family is her primary concern.
synonyms:
chief, key, main, principal
antonyms:
secondary, subordinate
similar words:
basic, central, head, important, major, necessary, supreme
definition 2: first in time or order.
Jim started primary school when he was five years old.
synonyms:
earliest, early, first, initial, original
antonyms:
final
similar words:
basic, beginning, elementary, opening
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: primaries
definition: an early election in the United States, where members of each political party vote for someone from that party to run for office in the general election.
similar words:
election
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The word primary contains the following parts:
-ary1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means like, of, related to
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The suffix -ary1 attaches to Latin roots (e.g., primary , literary ) and to nouns (e.g., cautionary , fragmentary ), forming adjectives.