foremost

adjective
fore·​most | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmōst How to pronounce foremost (audio) \

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 Forbes Business Council is the foremost growth and networking organization for business owners and leaders. Nouriel Gino Yazdinian, Forbes, "A Guide To Non-Fungible Tokens, The Future Of Art," 28 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the foremost critic of Ekman’s theory is the historian of science Ruth Leys, who sees a fundamental circularity in Ekman’s method. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, "Why We Shouldn’t Trust AI to Tell Us What We Feel," 27 Apr. 2021 The former branch chief at what had been one of the EPA’s foremost environmental chemistry labs in the country knew that something could have been done — that there was a tool out there to help. Miranda Weiss, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sewage Has Stories to Tell. Why Won’t the U.S. Listen?," 26 Apr. 2021 With former Vice President Walter Mondale's passing, Minnesota lost not only a statesman but one of its foremost conservationists. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Timely leadership by Tina Smith on BWCA," 25 Apr. 2021 Prior to this reinvention, Ms. Lahiri was widely regarded as the foremost chronicler of the Indian-American experience. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Whereabouts’ Review," 23 Apr. 2021 He was considered one of the foremost medical examiners in the country and served on national boards. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, "In-custody death reports under former Maryland medical examiner to be reviewed after he testified Chauvin did not kill George Floyd," 23 Apr. 2021 One of the foremost artists in the Hudson River School of landscape painting, he was known for his highly detailed, epic canvasses favoring sunsets and waterfalls. Washington Post, "The Hudson Valley’s outdoor art parks make for an alluring pandemic destination," 23 Apr. 2021 Planned Parenthood is remarkably late to acknowledge what the rest of us have been saying for quite some time: Sanger was a foremost proponent of the eugenics movement in the U.S., motivated especially by her particular animus toward poor nonwhites. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Planned Parenthood Can’t Disavow Margaret Sanger," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb While some investors might be driven to invest in companies that prioritize shareholder value first and foremost, other investors, known as ESG investors, push corporations in the other direction. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Investors fret as corporate activism overtakes shareholder prioritization," 28 Apr. 2021 Well, first and foremost, views, and then relevancy. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "SNL Shouldn’t Be A Playground for Billionaires Like Elon Musk," 27 Apr. 2021 First and foremost, his history as a general manager, the foundation for his parting joke the other day. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Chris Ballard, Colts have plenty of reasons to trade down from No. 21 in NFL Draft," 26 Apr. 2021 First and foremost, they were asked to design a show that prevented the TV ratings from plunging to an alarming low — while celebrating movies that, for the most part, have not connected widely with audiences. New York Times, "‘Nomadland’ Makes History, and Chadwick Boseman Is Upset at the Oscars," 25 Apr. 2021 The decision from the Facebook Oversight Board could, first and foremost, serve as the biggest demonstration of the board's power and independence. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "All eyes are on the Facebook Oversight Board as its decision on Trump's account looms," 22 Apr. 2021 Republican CEOs, on the other hand, tend to tie spending on outside issues to financial performance, reflecting the notion that companies are responsible to shareholders first and foremost. The Conversation, "Why corporate America appears to be drifting away from the Republican Party," 22 Apr. 2021 First and foremost, the evidence against Chauvin, particularly the video of him murdering George Floyd, was simply overwhelming. Peter Suciu, Forbes, "Guilty Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial Blows Up Twitter," 20 Apr. 2021 First and foremost, the rest of the iPad lineup is expected to be refreshed on Tuesday as well. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Apple ‘Spring Loaded’ event: Watch the live stream right here," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of foremost was before the 12th century

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“Foremost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foremost. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce foremost (audio) \

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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