prim·​ing | \ ˈprī-miŋ How to pronounce priming (audio) \

Definition of priming

1 : the act of one that primes
2 : the explosive used in priming a charge

Examples of priming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first shot acts as a priming dose for the immune system and is not believed to offer much protection on its own. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Mild vaccine side effects are ‘absolutely normal’ and no reason to avoid COVID shots, doctors say," 3 Dec. 2020 The first shot acts as a priming dose for the immune system and is not believed to offer much protection on its own. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "‘Absolutely normal’: Covid vaccine side effects are no reason to avoid the shots, doctors say," 3 Dec. 2020 People who received the half-dose priming shot did best, with 90% efficacy. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "After dosing mix-up, latest COVID-19 vaccine success comes with big question mark," 25 Nov. 2020 It’s an organizing and institution building project and trench warfare against centuries of ideological priming. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Voters Said They’re Worried About the Climate. Many Voted for Trump Anyway.," 4 Nov. 2020 Decades of ideological priming has taught many to believe that Wall Streeters and tech company founders are geniuses—the best people to plan everything from which stocks to buy to how to solve the climate crisis. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Nikola Scandal Is a Cautionary Tale About Green Tech’s Gauzy Promises," 21 Sep. 2020 After passing the audition process, the trainees moved into a dorm and lived together during their four to six-year priming stage. Karen Mizoguchi,, "BLACKPINK Looks Back at Their Pop Star Boot Camp Days and How They've Been Inseparable Ever Since," 17 Sep. 2020 The essential functions of storage, pruning and priming of memories that occur in all systems—the ocean, viruses and humanity alike—sustain some memories while erasing others, better preparing for the future. Members Of The Ocean Memory Project, Scientific American, "The Ocean Carries 'Memories' of SARS-CoV-2," 15 Aug. 2020 Some psychologists say the pendulum has swung too far against social priming. Tom Chivers, Scientific American, "What’s Next for Psychology’s Embattled Field of Social Priming," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of priming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for priming

prime entry 3 + -ing entry 1

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12 Dec 2020

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“Priming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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