adverb pri·mar·i·ly \prī-ˈmer-ə-lē also prə-, chiefly British ˈprī-mər-ə-lē\

—used to indicate the main purpose of something, reason for something, etc.

Full Definition of PRIMARILY

:  for the most part :  chiefly <has now become primarily a residential town — S. P. B. Mais>
:  in the first place :  originally

Examples of PRIMARILY

  1. <the university was primarily an agricultural college when it was founded over two centuries ago>
  2. <ketchup is primarily made from tomatoes>

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PRIMARILY Defined for Kids


adverb pri·mar·i·ly \prī-ˈmer-ə-lē\

Definition of PRIMARILY for Kids

:  more than anything else :  mainly <… he always considered himself a sculptor, and primarily a sculptor of marble. — E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler>


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