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first

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adjective \ˈfərst\

Definition of first

  1. :  preceding all others in time, order, or importance: such asa :  earliest She won first prize. his first girlfriendb :  being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle couldn't get the car out of first gearc :  having the highest or most prominent part among a group of similar voices or instruments first violins

Examples of first in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Definition of first

  1. 1a :  before another in time, space, or importanceb :  in the first place —often used with of allc :  for the first time

  2. 2 :  in preference to something else :  sooner

Examples of first in a Sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of first

see 1first


First Known Use: before 12th century

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first

noun

Definition of first

  1. 1 :  one that is number one in a series — see number table

  2. 2 :  something that is first: such asa :  the first occurrence or item of a kindb :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehiclec :  the highest or chief voice or instrument of a groupd :  an article of commerce of the finest gradee :  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 in a Sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of first

see 1first


First Known Use: 13th century

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FIRST Defined for English Language Learners

first

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adjective

Definition of first for English Language Learners

  • : 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

first

adverb

Definition of first for English Language Learners

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

  • : for the first time

  • : before doing other things


FIRST Defined for Kids

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first

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adjective \ˈfərst\

Definition of first for Students

  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 for Students

  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 for Students

  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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