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first

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of first

  1. 1 as a substitute eat peas? I'd eat cockroaches first Synonyms of first instead, ratherWords Related to first alternately, alternatively

  2. 2 by choice or preference we will not give in, but will fight for our freedom first Synonyms of first fain, rather, preferably, readily, soon, willinglyWords Related to first alternately, alternatively, either, instead; electively, optionally; desirably, gladly, wishfully; obligingly, voluntarilyNear Antonyms of first reluctantly; forcibly, willy-nillyAntonyms of first involuntarily, unwillingly


first

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of first

  1. 1 coming before all others in time or order the much-studied first—and last—voyage of the Titanic Synonyms of first earliest, foremost, headmost, inaugural, initial, leadoff, maiden, original, pioneer, premier, virgin Words Related to first ancient, early, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primitive, primordial; antecedent, preceding, previous Near Antonyms of first advanced, late; consequent, ensuing, following, subsequent, succeeding; penultimate Antonyms of first final, last, latest, latter, terminal, terminating, ultimate

  2. 2 coming before all others in importance there are a number of reasons we can't go, but the first is that we don't have the money Synonyms of first arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, foremost, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supremeWords Related to first distinguished, eminent, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prestigious, signal, star, stellar, superior; high-level, senior, top; important, influential, major, mighty, momentous, significant; incomparable, matchless, unequaled (or unequalled), unparalleled, unsurpassed; celebrated, famed, famous, renownedNear Antonyms of first inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; collateral, inferior, secondary, subordinate, subsidiaryAntonyms of first last, least

  3. 3 highest in rank or authority auditioned and got first clarinet in the band Synonyms of first chief, commanding, head, foremost, high, lead, leading, preeminent, premier, presiding, primary, prime, principal, supereminent, supreme, topWords Related to first high-level, senior; controlling, directing, managing, officiating, overseeing, regnant, reigning, ruling, supervisory; main, major, paramount, predominant, predominate, sovereign (also sovran); ascendant (also ascendent), dominant, grand, superior, topmost, upmost, upper, uppermostNear Antonyms of first ancillary, inferior, last, less, lesser, lower, lowly, second, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary; assistant, assisting, coadjutor, deputy, junior, under



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