Synonyms of 'first'
earliest in time or orderNeil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon.the first few flakes of snow
the earliest confirmed case of swine flu
The initial reaction has been excellent.
the season's opening game
an introductory course in religion and theology
The Dayaks were the original inhabitants of Borneo.
primitive birds from the dinosaur era
Twenty million years ago this was dense primordial forest.
a vast expanse of primeval swamp
rated, graded, or ranked above all other levelsThe first prize is thirty-one thousand pounds.
It is time to go back to first principles.
Literacy now includes elementary computer skills.
Access to justice is a basic right.
our primary needs of air, food and water
the fundamental principles of democracy
The cardinal rule is to do everything you can to satisfy the customer.
He had only a rudimentary knowledge of French.
the elemental theory of music
rated, graded, or ranked above all other levelsThe first priority for development is to defeat inflation.
foremost, , ,
He was one of the world's foremost scholars.
Britain's future as a leading industrial nation depends on investment.
I had the head man out from the gas company.
a ruling passion for liberty and equality
Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.
The job went to one of his chief rivals.
Political stability is a prime concern.
He proposes to make himself the supreme overlord.
Their principal concern is that of winning the next election.
The welfare of the children must be of paramount importance.
Our overriding concern is to raise the standards of state education.
He is the pre-eminent political figure in the country.
before anything elseI do not remember who spoke first.
See from the first
Many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first [Bible: St. Mark]
First come, first servedFirst things first
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in the sense of basic
of or forming a base or basisAccess to justice is a basic right.
in the sense of best
most excellent of a particular group, category, etc.He was the best player in the world for most of the 1950s.
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