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Meaning & Definition of Primary in English

English

Primary

/praɪmɛri/

noun

1. A preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen

    synonym:
  • primary
  • ,
  • primary election

2. One of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing

    synonym:
  • primary
  • ,
  • primary feather
  • ,
  • primary quill

3. (astronomy) a celestial body (especially a star) relative to other objects in orbit around it

    synonym:
  • primary

4. Coil forming the part of an electrical circuit such that changing current in it induces a current in a neighboring circuit

  • "Current through the primary coil induces current in the secondary coil"
    synonym:
  • primary coil
  • ,
  • primary winding
  • ,
  • primary

adjective

1. Of first rank or importance or value

  • Direct and immediate rather than secondary
  • "Primary goals"
  • "A primary effect"
  • "Primary sources"
  • "A primary interest"
    synonym:
  • primary

2. Not derived from or reducible to something else

  • Basic
  • "A primary instinct"
    synonym:
  • primary

3. Most important element

  • "The chief aim of living"
  • "The main doors were of solid glass"
  • "The principal rivers of america"
  • "The principal example"
  • "Policemen were primary targets"
  • "The master bedroom"
  • "A master switch"
    synonym:
  • chief(a)
  • ,
  • main(a)
  • ,
  • primary(a)
  • ,
  • principal(a)
  • ,
  • master(a)

4. Of or being the essential or basic part

  • "An elementary need for love and nurturing"
    synonym:
  • elementary
  • ,
  • elemental
  • ,
  • primary

5. Of primary importance

    synonym:
  • basal
  • ,
  • primary

Examples of using

Love for the family is our primary duty.
His behavior is my primary concern.