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first

first

pronunciation:
fuhrst
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb, noun
phrases:
first off
part of speech: adjective
definition: before all others in time, importance, or quality.
He was the first person to climb that mountain.She won first prize.
synonyms:
cardinal, earliest, foremost, initial, main, original, paramount, premier, primary, prime, principal
similar words:
best, chief, sovereign, supreme, top
 
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: in the position before all others.
He finished first in the race.
synonyms:
foremost
antonyms:
finally, last
definition 2: to begin with; firstly.
We should read the directions first.
synonyms:
initially
similar words:
early
phrase: first off
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the number, person, or thing that comes before all others in a series.
He was the first of many great jazz musicians.
synonyms:
top
antonyms:
last
similar words:
original
definition 2: beginning.
We were in trouble from the first.
synonyms:
commencement, outset, start
similar words:
birth