Word forms: primaries
1. adjective [ADJ n]
You use primary to describe something that is very important.[formal]
That's the primary reason the company's share price has held up so well.
His misunderstanding of language was the primary cause of his other problems.
2. adjective [ADJ n]
Primary education is the first few years of formal education for children.
The content of primary education should be the same for everyone.
Ninety-nine percent of primary pupils now have hands-on experience of computers.
3. adjective [ADJ n]
Primary is used to describe something that occurs first.
It is not the primary tumor that kills, but secondary growths elsewhere in the body.
4. countable noun
A primary or a primary election is an election in an American state in which people vote for someone to become a candidate for a political office. Compare general election.
...the 1968 New Hampshire primary.
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