primary Definition

  • 1of chief importance; principal
  • 2first in order of importance; main
  • 3relating to education for children between the ages of about five and eleven years

Using primary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "primary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The primary goal is to increase sales.

  • Example

    The primary reason for his success is hard work.

  • Example

    The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow.

  • Example

    She teaches at a primary school.

primary Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for primary

Phrases with primary

  • medical care provided by a general practitioner or family doctor


    Primary care is essential for maintaining good health.

  • an election held to choose a candidate to run in the final election


    The primary election is an important step in the political process.

  • an original document or record that provides firsthand information about a topic


    Historians rely on primary sources to understand the past.

Origins of primary

from Latin 'primarius', meaning 'of the first rank'


Summary: primary in Brief

The term 'primary' [ˈpraɪməri] refers to something of chief importance or first in order of importance. It can describe a goal, reason, color, or education level, as in 'She teaches at a primary school.' 'Primary' extends into phrases like 'primary care,' referring to medical attention from a general practitioner, and 'primary source,' denoting original documents or records.

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