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 The actress had primarily been in soap operas before landing the role of one of Andie's friends witnessing the whole experiment. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2023 This was primarily due to the war in Ukraine and subsequent disruptions to the energy markets. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 For high-level tech executives, the job cuts are primarily a matter of dollars and cents. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2023 This show is primarily in the gallery windows with photos changing through the run, but the artist will be in the gallery for a reception on Saturday, Jan. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. Through Feb. 11. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Jan. 2023 Beyond Utopia is primarily a three-pronged story about the perils of defecting from modern North Korea, as well as the nightmarish realities that make defecting such a necessity. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2023 The two-page bill, which is primarily a measure seeking to prohibit schools in the state from accommodating transgender youths, includes a subsection aimed at a different — and theoretical — category of students. Brooke Sopelsa, NBC News, 24 Jan. 2023 There are only 15 players who were primarily third basemen in the Hall of Fame, and Rolen has more career wins above replacement than seven of them. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2023 The case is primarily about two tweets Musk made on August 7, 2018. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 23 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 2 Feb. 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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