primarily

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

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

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First Known Use of primarily

1601

primarily Synonyms

Synonyms
firstly, initially, originally
Related Words
incipiently; primitively
Near Antonyms
finally, lastly, ultimately

PRIMARILY Defined for English Language Learners

primarily

adverb

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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