Definition of elementary
elementarilyplay \ˌe-lə-ˌmen-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈmen-trə-lē\ adverb
elementarinessplay \ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē-nəs, -ˈmen-trē-\ noun
Examples of elementary in a Sentence
He is lacking even the most elementary notions of fairness.
The researchers made an elementary error.
He has an elementary understanding of calculus.
Recent Examples of elementary from the Web
Superintendent Keith Davis said that the current bell schedule started in the early 2000s in response to enrollment growth, with the district needing to do three separate bus runs for elementary, middle and high schools.
A mobile asthma clinic called a Breathmobile regularly parks at elementary schools near the port, and Darryl Carter makes good use of it for son Austin, 13.
Maier, who took office in November, notified parents and teachers of the change at the district’s 31 elementary schools on Wednesday via automated phone message.
Even in an elementary school setting, fitting in wasn’t easy.
His wife is a librarian at an Oceanside elementary school.
The 30 attendees, most of them elementary, middle school and high school-age youths, spent the mornings being put through exercises and drills by Zomparelli.
Officials were so pleased with the operation, school board members in March approved funding the solar installations at the middle and elementary schools.
Brooks also was charged today in an unrelated case that involved burglary at a local elementary school.
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First Known Use of elementary
ELEMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elementary for English Language Learners
: basic and simple : involving the simplest parts of a subject
: of or relating to elementary school
ELEMENTARY Defined for Kids
Definition of elementary for Students
1 : relating to the beginnings or simplest principles of a subject elementary arithmetic
2 : relating to or teaching the basic subjects of education elementary school
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