Definition of 'main'
Video: pronunciation of 'main'
Example sentences containing 'main'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Rooms are in the main building or an annexe. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This needs to become one of the main selling points for engineering companies. Times, Sunday Times (2016)What will be your main focus areas this year? Computing (2010)There are two main reasons for this. Smithsonian Mag (2017)There are three main theories about why this is. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The main thing was not to leave clues in the first place. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The main problem is that it leads you somewhere then it all goes a bit opaque. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They are one of our main rivals and very tough. The Sun (2016)Yet the car can also be plugged into the mains and charged overnight. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The gift shop in the main building is tucked away down the stairs. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The two main areas of concern are movement and return of serve. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The technology works by reducing the voltage of mains electricity entering a home or business. Times, Sunday Times (2012)What are the main points of difference? Times, Sunday Times (2013)We live in the countryside so we have an oil tank rather than mains gas. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The three main leaders set out clearly where they stand on tax. The Sun (2014)The main one is that we are incredible at facing adversity. The Sun (2013)He was an outstanding footballer and that was the main reason we wanted him. The Sun (2015)Your neighbours have two main direct legal rights that could interfere with the work. Times, Sunday Times (2013)My main objection to capital punishment is that an innocent person might die. The Sun (2008)The main problem is your lack of trust. The Sun (2013)Perhaps then the east coast main line might get some investment. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The main avenues were lined with trees. Somewhere East of Life (1994)They all need kilometres of heavy wiring and are drains on the main battery. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The fact her main concern was my personal happiness made all the difference. The Sun (2011)They are driven solely by electricity and designed to be plugged into the mains overnight. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Accommodation is in the main building or whitewashed villas furnished in a contemporary style. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The questions have been put under a few headings representing the main topic areas. How to Face Interviews (1981)
Synonyms of 'main'
cable, line, electricity supply, mains supply
Trends of 'main'
Extremely Common. main is one of the 1000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage over:
Translations for 'main'
British English: main /meɪn/ ADJECTIVE
The main thing is the most important one.
...one of the main tourist areas of the city.
- American English: main
- Arabic: أَسَاسِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: principal
- Chinese: 主要的
- Croatian: glavni
- Czech: hlavní
- Danish: vigtigste
- Dutch: hoofd-
- European Spanish: principal
- Finnish: pää-
- French: principal plus important
- German: Haupt-
- Greek: κύριος
- Italian: principale
- Japanese: 主な
- Korean: 주요한
- Norwegian: hoved-
- Polish: główny najważniejszy
- European Portuguese: principal
- Romanian: principal
- Russian: главный
- Spanish: principal
- Swedish: huvud-
- Thai: หลัก
- Turkish: temel
- Ukrainian: головний
- Vietnamese: chủ yếu
Definition of main from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.