Definitions for primarilypraɪˈmɛər ə li, -ˈmɛr-, ˈpraɪ mɛr ə li, -mər ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pri•ma•ri•lypraɪˈmɛər ə li, -ˈmɛr-, ˈpraɪ mɛr ə li, -mər ə-(adv.)

  1. essentially; chiefly:

    Their income is primarily from farming.

  2. at first; originally:

    Primarily a doctor, he later turned to teaching.

Origin of primarily:

1610–20

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chiefly, principally, primarily, mainly, in the main(adverb)

    for the most part

    "he is mainly interested in butterflies"

  2. primarily, in the first place(adverb)

    of primary import

    "this is primarily a question of economics"; "it was in the first place a local matter"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. primarily(adverb)ɪˈmɛər ə li, -ˈmɛr-, ˈpraɪ mɛr ə li, -mər ə-

    mainly or mostly

    The books are aimed primarily at children.

Wiktionary

  1. primarily(Adverb)

    Of a primary or central nature, first and foremost

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primarily(adverb)

    in a primary manner; in the first place; in the first place; in the first intention; originally

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primarily' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3157

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primarily' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4184

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'primarily' in Adverbs Frequency: #240


Translations for primarily

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

primarily(adverb)

chiefly; in the first place

I wrote the play primarily as a protest, and only secondarily as entertainment.

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