Synonyms of prime
1 mainDictionary • Political stability is a prime concern.
main • My main concern now is to protect the children.
leading • Britain's future as a leading industrial nation depends on investment.
chief • Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.
central • The Poll Tax was a central part of Mrs Thatcher's reform of local government.
major • We heard extracts from three of his major works.
ruling • a ruling passion for liberty and equality
primary • His primary aim in life is to be happy.
supreme • He proposes to make himself the supreme overlord.
principal • Their principal concern is that of winning the next election.
ultimate • Of course the ultimate authority remained the presidency.
cardinal • As a salesman, your cardinal rule is to do everything you can to satisfy the customer.
paramount • The welfare of the children must be of paramount importance.
overriding • Our overriding concern is to raise the standards of state education.
foremost • He was one of the world's foremost scholars.
predominant • He played a predominant role in shaping French economic policy.
pre-eminent • He is the pre-eminent political figure in the country.
2 bestDictionary • It was one of the City's prime locations.
top • a candlelit dinner at a top restaurant
select • a select group of French cheeses
choice • The finest array of choicest foods is to be found within their Food Hall.
excellent • We complimented her on doing an excellent job.
superior • He's got a superior car, and it's easy to win races that way.
first-rate • They were dealing with a first-rate professional.
3 fundamentalDictionary • A prime cause of deforestation was the burning of charcoal to melt ore into iron.
fundamental • the fundamental principles of democracy
original • Let's stick to the original plan.
basic • shortages of even the most basic foodstuffs
primary • our primary needs of air, food and water
underlying • To stop a problem you have to understand its underlying causes.
4 idealDictionary • a prime example of mid-century modernism
ideal • She decided I was the ideal person to take over this job.
standard • It was standard practice for them to advise in cases of murder.
classic • This is a classic example of media hype.
typical • such typical schoolgirl pastimes as horse-riding and reading
characteristic • Windmills are a characteristic feature of the landscape.
archetypal • Cricket is the archetypal English game.
quintessential • Everybody thinks of him as the quintessential New Yorker.
1 peakDictionary • She was in her intellectual prime.
flower • You are hardly in the first flower of youth.
bloom • in the full bloom of youth
height • From a height, it looks like a desert.
heyday • In its heyday, the studio boasted it had more stars than heaven.
zenith • His career is now at its zenith.
1 informDictionary • The press corps has been primed to avoid this topic.
inform • They would inform him of any progress they had made.
tell • I called her to tell her how spectacular it looked.
brief • A spokesman briefed reporters.
fill in (informal)
groom (informal) • He was already being groomed for a top job.
notify • The skipper notified the coastguard of the tragedy.
clue in (informal)
gen up (British, informal)
give someone the lowdown
clue up (informal)
2 prepareDictionary • They had primed the bomb to go off in an hour's time.
prepare • It is a school's job to prepare students for university studies.
load • I knew how to load and handle a gun.
equip • Our aim is to provide courses which equip students for future employment.
make ready • I'll have a room made ready for him.
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archetypalSomeone or something that is archetypal has all the most important characteristics of a particular kind of person or thing and is a perfect example of it.
• Cricket is the archetypal English game.
prototypic or prototypical
prototypic or prototypical
basicBasic goods and services are very simple ones which every human being needs. You can also refer to people's basic needs for such goods and services.
• shortages of even the most basic foodstuffs
beginningThe beginning of an event or process is the first part of it.
• Think of this as a new beginning.
Thesaurus for prime from the Collins English Thesaurus
first in quality or value; first-rate
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