Synonyms of first
1 earliestDictionary • The first men of this race lived like gods. • the first few flakes of snow
earliest • This is the earliest confirmed case of AIDS in the world.
initial • The initial reaction has been excellent.
opening • the season's opening game
introductory • an introductory course in religion and theology
original • The Dayaks were the original inhabitants of Borneo.
primitive • primitive birds from the dinosaur era
primordial • Twenty million years ago this was dense primordial forest.
primeval • a vast expanse of primeval swamp
2 topDictionary • The first prize is thirty-one thousand pounds.
top • He was the top student in physics.
best • He was the best player in the world for most of the 1950s.
winning • The winning team returned home to a heroes' welcome.
premier • the country's premier opera company
3 elementaryDictionary • It is time to go back to first principles.
elementary • Literacy now includes elementary computer skills.
basic • Access to justice is a basic right.
primary • our primary needs of air, food and water
fundamental • the fundamental principles of democracy
cardinal • As a salesman, your cardinal rule is to do everything you can to satisfy the customer.
rudimentary • He had only a rudimentary knowledge of French.
elemental • the elemental theory of music
4 foremostDictionary • The first priority for development is to defeat inflation.
foremost • He was one of the world's foremost scholars.
leading • Britain's future as a leading industrial nation depends on investment.
head • I had the head man out from the gas company.
ruling • a ruling passion for liberty and equality
chief • Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.
prime • Political stability is a prime concern.
supreme • He proposes to make himself the supreme overlord.
principal • Their principal concern is that of winning the next election.
paramount • The welfare of the children must be of paramount importance.
overriding • Our overriding concern is to raise the standards of state education.
pre-eminent • He is the pre-eminent political figure in the country.
to begin withDictionary • I do not remember who spoke first.
to begin with • It was great to begin with but now it's difficult.
firstly • Firstly, vitamin C is needed for hormone production.
initially • Initially, they were wary of him.
at the beginning
in the first place
to start with
at the outset
before all else
IDIOM:▷ from the first
PROVERBS:First come, first served
First things first
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
basicYou use basic to describe things, activities, and principles that are very important or necessary, and on which others depend.
• Access to justice is a basic right.
• He was the best player in the world for most of the 1950s.
cardinalA cardinal rule or quality is the one that is considered to be the most important.
• As a salesman, your cardinal rule is to do everything you can to satisfy the customer.
Thesaurus for first from the Collins English Thesaurus