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1primary/ˈpraɪˌmeri/
British/ˈpraɪməri/adjective
1primary
/ˈpraɪˌmeri/British/ˈpraɪməri/
adjective
Learner's definition of PRIMARY  
always used before a noun
: most important
: main
   b : most basic or essential
— compare secondarytertiary
: happening or coming first
— compare secondarytertiary
: not coming from or dependent on something else
chiefly British : relating to the education of young children
2primary/ˈpraɪˌmeri/
British/ˈpraɪməri/noun
pluralprimaries
2primary
/ˈpraɪˌmeri/British/ˈpraɪməri/
noun
pluralprimaries
Learner's definition of PRIMARY  
[count]US
: an election in which members of the same political party run against each other for the chance to be in a larger and more important election
— called also "US"primary election
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