- of chief importance; principal；earliest in time or order
- (in the US) a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a party conference or to select the candidates for a principal, especially presidential, election；a primary colour.
- (in the US) run against (the current holder of a political office) in the preliminary election a party uses to select its candidate for the main election
noun: primary, plural noun: primaries
- 1. of chief importance; principal the government's primary aim is to see significant reductions in unemployment 同義詞 反義詞
- 2. earliest in time or order the primary stage of their political education 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ British relating to or denoting education for children between the ages of about five and eleven a primary teacher
- 3. not derived from, caused by, or based on anything else; original his expert handling of the primary and secondary literature is clear on every page
- ▪ belonging to or directly derived from the first stage of development or growth a primary bone tumour
- 4. (of an organic compound) having its functional group located on a carbon atom which is bonded to no more than one other carbon atom a primary alcohol
- ▪ (chiefly of amines) derived from ammonia by replacement of one hydrogen atom by an organic group.
- 5. denoting or relating to organisms that produce organic compounds from simple substances such as water and carbon dioxide, typically by photosynthesis the organic matter is formed by primary producers such as plants and plankton there is a risk of famine in areas with low primary production from plants
- ▪ denoting or relating to consumer organisms at the lowest level in a community's food chain, which eat autotrophic organisms seed-eating birds and herbivorous insects are primary consumers
- 6. relating to or denoting the input side of a transformer or other inductive device.
- 7. former term for Palaeozoic
- 1. (in the US) a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a party conference or to select the candidates for a principal, especially presidential, election these two Republicans should win their primaries easily
- 2. a primary colour.
- ▪ a primary feather.
- ▪ the body orbited by a smaller satellite or companion.
- ▪ a primary coil or winding in an electrical transformer.
- 3. dated the Palaeozoic era.
- 1. (in the US) run against (the current holder of a political office) in the preliminary election a party uses to select its candidate for the main election I'm not primarying the president, and no one else should either unless we want to lose the White House