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

Example Sentences

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 In his 10th NFL season, the Kimberly native has played primarily on special teams. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2023 All this, exacerbated by Covid, has created a tight labor market in which fleet owners—primarily small outfits with a handful of trucks—are fiercely competing for the same limited pool of drivers. Andrew Kay, WIRED, 17 Jan. 2023 According to The Spruce, dishwasher prices are primarily dictated by their capacities and special features. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 17 Jan. 2023 The Biden administration argues in court documents that federal judges shouldn't get involved in the case, primarily because Santos Zacarias failed to exhaust other administrative appeals available to her at the time. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 17 Jan. 2023 Gerasimov was known primarily for putting into effect the initial invasion plan. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2023 As their name suggests, these batteries use primarily iron, the fourth most abundant element on Earth, and ... well ... air. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 17 Jan. 2023 The prolific artist — whose work spanned genres — continued to release solo records through the Eighties, and though YMO was primarily inactive, the members continued to collaborate on each other’s solo projects. Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2023 And certainly from a conservative viewpoint, one of our frustrations is the censorship, the suppression of information primarily is coming from the left against the conservative viewpoint. NBC News, 15 Jan. 2023 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Primarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primarily. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

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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