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Meaning & Definition of First in English

English

First

/fərst/

noun

1. The first or highest in an ordering or series

  • "He wanted to be the first"
    synonym:
  • first
  • ,
  • number one

2. The first element in a countable series

  • "The first of the month"
    synonym:
  • first
  • ,
  • number one
  • ,
  • number 1

3. The time at which something is supposed to begin

  • "They got an early start"
  • "She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
    synonym:
  • beginning
  • ,
  • commencement
  • ,
  • first
  • ,
  • outset
  • ,
  • get-go
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • kickoff
  • ,
  • starting time
  • ,
  • showtime
  • ,
  • offset

4. The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)

    synonym:
  • first base
  • ,
  • first

5. An honours degree of the highest class

    synonym:
  • first
  • ,
  • first-class honours degree

6. The lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle

  • Used to start a car moving
    synonym:
  • first gear
  • ,
  • first
  • ,
  • low gear
  • ,
  • low

adjective

1. Preceding all others in time or space or degree

  • "The first house on the right"
  • "The first day of spring"
  • "His first political race"
  • "Her first baby"
  • "The first time"
  • "The first meetings of the new party"
  • "The first phase of his training"
    synonym:
  • first

2. Indicating the beginning unit in a series

    synonym:
  • first
  • ,
  • 1st

3. Serving to set in motion

  • "The magazine's inaugural issue"
  • "The initiative phase in the negotiations"
  • "An initiatory step toward a treaty"
  • "His first (or maiden) speech in congress"
  • "The liner's maiden voyage"
    synonym:
  • inaugural
  • ,
  • initiative
  • ,
  • initiatory
  • ,
  • first
  • ,
  • maiden

4. Serving to begin

  • "The beginning canto of the poem"
  • "The first verse"
    synonym:
  • beginning(a)
  • ,
  • first

5. Ranking above all others

  • "Was first in her class"
  • "The foremost figure among marine artists"
  • "The top graduate"
    synonym:
  • first
  • ,
  • foremost
  • ,
  • world-class

6. Highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections

  • "First soprano"
  • "The first violin section"
  • "Played first horn"
    synonym:
  • first

adverb

1. Before anything else

  • "First we must consider the garter snake"
    synonym:
  • first
  • ,
  • firstly
  • ,
  • foremost
  • ,
  • first of all
  • ,
  • first off

2. The initial time

  • "When felix first saw a garter snake"
    synonym:
  • first
  • ,
  • for the first time

3. Before another in time, space, or importance

  • "I was here first"
  • "Let's do this job first"
    synonym:
  • first

4. Prominently forward

  • "He put his best foot foremost"
    synonym:
  • foremost
  • ,
  • first

Examples of using

I am as much in love as on the first day.
What do you want to do first?
The Grand Prix of the first Belarusian song and poetry festival “Maladziechna-100” was won by Alena Saulenajte.