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prime

prime

 
 
pronunciation:
praIm
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: first in importance, rank, or degree.
Snow is the prime cause of winter driving accidents in this area.Cotton products are one of India's prime exports.
synonyms:
chief, dominant, key, leading, main, paramount, predominant, premier, primal, primary, principal
antonyms:
secondary, subordinate
similar words:
capital, cardinal, first, foremost, important, lead, major, master, premiere, seminal, supreme, top
definition 2: first in quality or value.
It's prime real estate, and you should get a good price.Customers are willing to pay more for prime beef.
synonyms:
choice, first-rate, quality, select, superlative
antonyms:
inferior, secondary
similar words:
best, excellent, exceptional, premium, principal, prize, superior, supreme, top
definition 3: first in time or order.
The candidates are gearing up for the prime stage of the campaign.
synonyms:
earliest, early, first, initial, original, premier, primal
similar words:
beginning, foremost, leading, opening, preliminary, primary
definition 4: fundamental; basic.
Carbon is the prime constituent of coal.
synonyms:
basic, elemental, essential, fundamental, primary, underlying
similar words:
basal, central, elementary, indispensable, irreducible, necessary, radical, rudimentary, simple
definition 5: of numbers, not divisible evenly by any other number than itself and one.
Three, five, and seven are prime numbers.
similar words:
indivisible
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the most vigorous stage or condition, as of human development.
Many athletes are past their prime when they reach the age of thirty.
synonyms:
bloom, efflorescence, heyday, peak, zenith
similar words:
acme, climax, flower, flush, height, maturity, perfection, pink, pinnacle, top
definition 2: the best part of something.
synonyms:
best, flower, peak
similar words:
climax, perfection, pinnacle, zenith
definition 3: a grade, as of meat, that indicates superior quality.
definition 4: the earliest time of the morning.
synonyms:
dawn, daybreak, morning
similar words:
aurora, sunrise, sunup
definition 5: the spring of the year.
synonyms:
spring
definition 6: in mathematics, a prime number.
similar words:
cardinal
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: primed, primes, priming
definition 1: to make ready; prepare.
I'm priming the car for winter.
synonyms:
prepare, ready
similar words:
adapt, adjust, arrange, condition, educate, groom, prep
definition 2: to prepare (a pump) for use by pouring water in to force out air.
similar words:
prep, prepare, ready
definition 3: to prepare (a carburetor) for operation by filling with gasoline.
similar words:
prep, prepare, ready
definition 4: to prepare (a surface) for painting by coating with a substance such as paint or oil.
similar words:
coat, condition, paint, prep, prepare, ready, spread
definition 5: to prepare (a firearm) for firing by supplying with an explosive.
synonyms:
toad
similar words:
charge, prep, prepare, ready
definition 6: to make ready by supplying with words, information, or inspiration.
Their French teacher primed them for the trip to Paris.You'd better prime him before you tell him the bad news.
synonyms:
prepare, ready
similar words:
apprise, brief, cram, educate, groom, inspire, instruct, prep, train
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derivation: primeness (n.)
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