primarily

adverb

pri·​mar·​i·​ly prī-ˈmer-ə-lē How to pronounce primarily (audio)
 also  prə-,
 chiefly British  ˈprī-mə-rə-lē
1
: for the most part : chiefly
has now become primarily a residential townS. P. B. Mais
2
: in the first place : originally

Examples of primarily in a Sentence

the university was primarily an agricultural college when it was founded over two centuries ago ketchup is primarily made from tomatoes
Recent Examples on the Web Although the first days of the invasion were challenging for the company, primarily in terms of safety, Silpo opened 20 new stores in 18 cities during the Russian invasion, in particular in Kherson just a few weeks after the de-occupation. Yulia Drozd, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2024 The Japanese prime minister grapples with dismal approval ratings, primarily following scandals involving his party, and the looming US elections raise the potential of a policy shake up if former President Donald Trump returns to the White House next year. Hanako Montgomery, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 For a club to last that long — 20 years that primarily catered to hip-hop culture — is amazing. Abe Beame, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2024 Total solar eclipses in particular, such as the one that will overtake a large swath of the country in April, allow for scientists to test and improve human understanding of the laws of physics, primarily those of the sun. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 At least a half million revelers – perhaps even a million – are expected in the area, primarily in Niagara Falls and Erie County, on Monday for the event, based on hotel reservations and data from previous eclipses elsewhere, according to New York State Police spokesperson Trooper James O'Callahan. Christina Coulter, Fox News, 5 Apr. 2024 The primarily instrumental music absorbs its disparate influences from around the globe. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 5 Apr. 2024 Second, much of the reduction in life expectancies for poor Americans is related to the opioid crisis, which primarily impacts Americans under 65. Karl W. Smith, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 Between 2019 and 2021, the number of Americans primarily working from home tripled to 27.6 million people, from 9 million prior to the onset of the pandemic, according to the Census Bureau. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of primarily was in 1601

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“Primarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primarily. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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primarily

adverb
pri·​mar·​i·​ly prī-ˈmer-ə-lē How to pronounce primarily (audio)
1
: for the most part : chiefly
2
: in the first place : originally

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