foremost

adjective
fore·​most | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmōst \

Definition of foremost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : first in a series or progression Safety is their foremost concern.
2 : of first rank or position : preeminent He is the foremost authority on the American Civil War period.

foremost

adverb

Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in the first place
2 : most importantly first and foremost

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Examples of foremost in a Sentence

Adjective

Albert Einstein is regarded by many as the foremost figure of the 20th century. wanted to speak to the foremost supervisor in our department

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This Week in Taco Bell is For the Win’s roundup of Taco Bell news and the internet’s foremost source of aggregated Taco Bell content. Ted Berg, For The Win, "This Week in Taco Bell: LeBron is now 0-for-6 in chances to win America free tacos," 4 June 2018 Missing from the July ballot for the first time in 20 years will be Zimbabwe's foremost political gladiators, Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, the longtime opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader who died of cancer in February. Macdonald Dzirutwe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa promises fair and open general election," 30 May 2018 Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsors of terrorism and has been caught plotting to launch attacks on American soil. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas GOP senators support decision; Dems oppose it," 8 May 2018 Newsweek even put Klein on its cover in May 1978, calling him the country’s foremost fashion designer. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Asking the foremost tech giants to self-police by virtue of a governing document harkens back to the idealism of the nascent Web and Berners-Lee isn’t misguided in pointing out that his baby needs saving. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Tim Berners-Lee Wants a 'Magna Carta' to Save the Modern Internet. He's Way Too Late.," 8 Nov. 2018 With Democrats taking back the House, data privacy could be one of their foremost regulatory initiatives. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 Moore, as charismatic bishop of the diocese from 1972 to 1989, became one of the nation’s foremost liberal Christian activists. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation," 15 Oct. 2018 That's right—the world's foremost power couple received a level of applause most performers can only hope for...just by gracing mere mortals with their dining presence. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Received a Standing Ovation Literally for Just Leaving a Restaurant," 24 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The most important thing to treat first and foremost is your diet. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here's How to Tell If You Have Binge Eating Disorder," 8 Feb. 2019 Your attire, first and foremost, should be comfortable, says Opielowski. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019 First and foremost, Blevins is an entertainer, and an approachable one at that. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "In 2018, Ninja became Twitch’s first mainstream star," 20 Dec. 2018 There are some questions, of course, starting first and foremost with how well equipped the government is to make medications. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Warren’s interesting new bill to lower generic drug prices, explained.," 20 Dec. 2018 Both proposals seek, first and foremost, to address equity, especially housing affordability. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 2018 First and foremost, by definition L5 means the car can operate without human intervention anywhere under any circumstances. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?," 10 Dec. 2018 First and foremost, Marshall asserted the court’s central role in interpreting the Constitution and laws. Adam J. White, WSJ, "‘John Marshall’ Review: Chief Among Equals," 30 Nov. 2018 First and foremost, Rainbow Six Siege is free-to-try for the umpteenth weekend, coinciding with the Pro League Finals. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The mini "PC Classic" starts crowdfunding, Command & Conquer remasters," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of foremost

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for foremost

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English formest, from Old English, superlative of forma first; akin to Old High German fruma advantage, Old English fore fore

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foremost

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of foremost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most important

foremost

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the first or most important position
: at the most basic or important level

foremost

adjective
fore·​most | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmōst \

Kids Definition of foremost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: first in time, place, or order : most important My foremost thought was to get safely to shore.

foremost

adverb

Kids Definition of foremost (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the first place The park puts safety foremost.

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