primary, primary election(noun)
a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
supplemental, standby, secondhand, alternative, subsidiary, thirdhand, unimportant, derived, supplementary, substitute(a), vicarious, utility(a), secondary, substitute, unessential, alternate, tributary, incident, inessential, auxiliary, collateral, incidental, second-string, indirect
primary, primary feather, primary quill(noun)
one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
auxiliary, unessential, secondhand, secondary, vicarious, standby, substitute(a), collateral, alternative, substitute, tributary, alternate, unimportant, incidental, second-string, inessential, supplementary, thirdhand, derived, supplemental, incident, indirect, subsidiary, utility(a)
(astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it
utility(a), vicarious, alternate, incidental, substitute, secondhand, unimportant, substitute(a), alternative, incident, subsidiary, secondary, second-string, tributary, supplemental, thirdhand, indirect, auxiliary, derived, inessential, supplementary, unessential, standby, collateral
primary coil, primary winding, primary(adj)
coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit
"current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"
auxiliary, unessential, subsidiary, tributary, vicarious, second-string, indirect, incidental, utility(a), collateral, secondary, secondhand, alternative, substitute(a), supplementary, alternate, derived, supplemental, incident, thirdhand, standby, substitute, inessential, unimportant
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
"primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"
secondhand, supplementary, standby, utility(a), tributary, substitute, alternate, incidental, collateral, auxiliary, alternative, vicarious, supplemental, indirect, second-string, thirdhand, subsidiary, substitute(a), secondary, unessential, derived, unimportant, inessential, incident
not derived from or reducible to something else; basic
"a primary instinct"
secondary, unessential, vicarious, incident, supplemental, secondhand, collateral, substitute, second-string, alternative, auxiliary, thirdhand, standby, alternate, inessential, subsidiary, unimportant, tributary, incidental, substitute(a), utility(a), supplementary, derived, indirect
chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)(adj)
most important element
"the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"
incidental, vicarious, tributary, standby, alternative, incident, subsidiary, supplemental, indirect, supplementary, collateral, utility(a), substitute(a), derived, inessential, alternate, secondhand, second-string, auxiliary, unessential, thirdhand, substitute, unimportant, secondary
elementary, elemental, primary(adj)
of or being the essential or basic part
"an elementary need for love and nurturing"
alternate, thirdhand, secondary, secondhand, tributary, standby, utility(a), supplemental, collateral, indirect, inessential, unessential, incident, substitute(a), alternative, substitute, derived, second-string, incidental, subsidiary, auxiliary, unimportant, vicarious, supplementary
of primary importance
tributary, indirect, derived, subsidiary, incident, substitute, supplementary, secondary, vicarious, auxiliary, second-string, unessential, unimportant, secondhand, supplemental, incidental, substitute(a), utility(a), alternate, standby, alternative, collateral, inessential, thirdhand
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Aboriginal (Latin ab, from, origo, origin) signifies pertaining to the aborigines or earliest known inhabitants of a country in the widest sense, including not merely human beings but inferior animals and plants as well. Autochthonic (Greek autos, self, and chthōn, earth) signifies sprung from the earth, especially from the soil of one's native land. Primeval (Latin primum, first, and ævum, age), signifies strictly belonging to the first ages, earliest in time, but often only the earliest of which man knows or conceives, immemorial. Aboriginal, autochthonic, and primeval combine the meanings of ancient and original; aboriginal inhabitants, autochthonic races, primeval forests. Prime and primary may signify either first in time, or more frequently first in importance; primary has also the sense of elementary or preparatory; we speak of a prime minister, a primary school. Primal is chiefly poetic, in the sense of prime; as, the primal curse. Primordial is first in an order of succession or development; as, a primordial leaf. Primitive frequently signifies having the original characteristics of that which it represents, as well as standing first in time; as, the primitive church. Primitive also very frequently signifies having the original or early characteristics without remoteness in time. Primeval simplicity is the simplicity of the earliest ages; primitive simplicity may be found in retired villages now. Pristine is an elegant word, used almost exclusively in a good sense of that which is original and perhaps ancient; as, pristine purity, innocence, vigor. That which is both an original and natural product of a soil or country is said to be indigenous; that which is actually produced there is said to be native, though it may be of foreign extraction; humming-birds are indigenous to America; canaries may be native, but are not indigenous. Immemorial refers solely to time, independently of quality, denoting, in legal phrase, "that whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary;" as, an immemorial custom; an immemorial abuse. Compare OLD.
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elementary, main, principal, major, first, primaire, basic, key, initial, paramount, overriding, parent, preliminary, primaria, junior, senior, prime, fundamental, grassroots, primary-school, grass-roots, front-line, primordial, core, chief, primaires, leading, essential, overarching, trial, resource-based, input, pre-secondary, principale, primaries
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How to use primary in a sentence?
The shooting happened adjacent to the primary building.
The California presidential primary may be on Super Tuesday, but for millions of Californians, The California presidential primary is really The California presidential primary.
It's a sign of companies' complete lack of confidence in their ability to calculate how long they would have to wait to get a primary IPO listing in China. It's absolutely unknowable at this stage.
I'm actually one of the few Iowans who doesn't think we should be first in the country. I don't think that makes sense, we're not very many people, and we're making decisions for everybody. The primary is much more easy to pull off, it's simpler, I think that would be a better system.
During the GOP primary debates, she's going to be able to name drop like that in a way Scott Walker can't, fiorina can at least claim to have, in some ways, more foreign policy experience than the rest of the field.
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- أولي, ابتدائيArabic
- primària, fonamental, primari, bàsicCatalan, Valencian
- primär, HandschwingeGerman
- πρωτοβάθμιος, πρωτογενήςGreek
- primaria, primario, básicoSpanish
- ensimmäinen, perusta, ensi-, perus-, siipisulka, ekaluokka, ensisijainen, ala-, ensimmäinen luokkaFinnish
- primaire, prioritaireFrench
- ite gàirdeanach, prìomh ite sgèithScottish Gaelic
- elsődleges, elsőHungarian
- primærNorwegian Nynorsk
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