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adjective \ˈfərst\

Simple Definition of first

  • : coming before all others in time, order, or importance

  • —used to refer to the lowest forward gear or speed of a vehicle

  • : having or playing the main part in a group of instruments

Full Definition of first

  1. :  preceding all others in time, order, or importance: as a :  earliest b :  being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle c :  having the highest or most prominent part among a group of similar voices or instruments <first violins>

Examples of first

  1. We sat in the first row.

  2. She succeeded on her first attempt.

  3. I still remember the first time I saw her.



Origin of first

Middle English, from Old English fyrst; akin to Old High German furist first, Old English faran to go — more at fare


First Known Use: before 12th century

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first

adverb

Simple Definition of first

  • : before any other in time, order, or importance

  • : for the first time

  • : before doing other things

Full Definition of first

  1. 1 a :  before another in time, space, or importance b :  in the first place —often used with of all c :  for the first time

  2. 2 :  in preference to something else :  sooner

Examples of first

  1. I have to pay him first.

  2. These problems are not as simple as they first appear.

  3. I loved her when I first saw her.

  4. This word was first recorded in the 19th century.

  5. We'll get started soon, but first we have to make sure everyone is here.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of first

before 12th century

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first

noun

Definition of first

  1. 1 — see number table

  2. 2 :  something that is first: as a :  the first occurrence or item of a kind b :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle c :  the highest or chief voice or instrument of a group d :  an article of commerce of the finest grade e :  the winning or highest place in a competition, examination, or contest

  3. 3 :  first base

at first
  1. :  at the beginning :  initially



Examples of first

  1. Her solo flight across the Atlantic was a remarkable first.

  2. They were responsible for several engineering firsts.

  3. I couldn't get the car out of first.

  4. take a first in English



13th Century

First Known Use of first

13th century

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FIRST Defined for Kids

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first

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adjective \ˈfərst\

Definition of first

  1. :  coming before all others in time, order, or importance <first prize> <first base>




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first

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adverb

Definition of first

  1. 1 :  before any other <I reached the goal first.>

  2. 2 :  for the first time <We first met at a party.>




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first

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noun

Definition of first

  1. 1 :  number one in a series

  2. 2 :  something or someone that comes before all others <Her perfect score was a first for the school.>

  3. 3 :  the winning place in a competition

at first
  1. :  in the beginning <I hated dance lessons at first.>





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