primarily

adverb pri·mar·i·ly \ prī-ˈmer-ə-lē also prə- , chiefly British ˈprī-mə-rə-lē \
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of primarily

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

Recent Examples of primarily from the Web

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First Known Use of primarily

1601

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PRIMARILY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of primarily for English Language Learners

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


PRIMARILY Defined for Kids

primarily

adverb pri·mar·i·ly \ prī-ˈmer-ə-lē \

Definition of primarily for Students

: 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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