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Definition of Primary

Primary

  1. First in order of time or development or in intention; primitive; fundamental; original.
  2. First in order, as being preparatory to something higher; as, primary assemblies; primary schools.
  3. First in dignity or importance; chief; principal; as, primary planets; a matter of primary importance.
  4. Earliest formed; fundamental.
  5. Illustrating, possessing, or characterized by, some quality or property in the first degree; having undergone the first stage of substitution or replacement.
  6. That which stands first in order, rank, or importance; a chief matter.
  7. A primary meeting; a caucus.
  8. One of the large feathers on the distal joint of a bird's wing. See Plumage, and Illust. of Bird.
  9. A primary planet; the brighter component of a double star. See under Planet.

Primary Quotations

All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.
Albert Einstein

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Denis Waitley

When I was in my 40s, Microsoft was my primary activity.
Bill Gates

The fight against AIDS in China is already well underway. The Chinese government and other funders are providing major support, and they'll continue to bear primary responsibility for delivering prevention and treatment.
Bill Gates

I've always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.
Steve Jobs
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Primary Translations

primary in Dutch is primair
primary in Portuguese is preliminar
primary in Spanish is primario

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