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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] primarius (cf. French: primaire)

Adjective

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Positive
primary

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. The first in a group or series.
    Children attend primary school, teenagers attend secondary school.
  2. That which is placed ahead of others.
    Preferred stock has primary claim on dividends, ahead of common stock.

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Noun

Singular
primary

Plural
primar

primary (primar)
  1. A preliminary election to select a political candidate.
  2. The first year of grade school.
  3. A base or fundamental component; something that is irreducible.
  4. The most massive component of a gravitationally bound system.

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Verb

Infinitive
to primary

Third person singular
primaries

Simple past
primaried

Past participle
-

Present participle
primarying

to primary (third-person singular simple present primaries, present participle primarying, simple past and past participle primaried)
  1. (US) To take part in a primary election

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