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

Definition of primarily

  1. 1 :  for the most part :  chiefly has now become primarily a residential town — S. P. B. Mais

  2. 2 :  in the first place :  originally

Examples of primarily in a sentence

  1. <the university was primarily an agricultural college when it was founded over two centuries ago>

  2. <ketchup is primarily made from tomatoes>

1601

First Known Use of primarily

1601


PRIMARILY Defined for English Language Learners

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

Definition of primarily for English Language Learners

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


PRIMARILY Defined for Kids

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adverb pri·mar·i·ly \prī-ˈmer-ə-lē\

Definition of primarily for Students

  1. :  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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