be of prime importance meaning, be of prime importance definition | English Cobuild dictionary

Search also in: Web News Encyclopedia Images
Collins

prime

  
  ( primes    3rd person present)   ( priming    present participle)   ( primed    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   You use prime to describe something that is most important in a situation.  
ADJ n  
Political stability, meanwhile, will be a prime concern..., It could be a prime target for guerrilla attack..., The police will see me as the prime suspect!     
2       adj   You use prime to describe something that is of the best possible quality.  
ADJ n  
It was one of the City's prime sites, near the Stock Exchange.     
3       adj   You use prime to describe an example of a particular kind of thing that is absolutely typical.  
ADJ n   (=classic)  
The prime example is Macy's, once the undisputed king of California retailers.     
4       n-uncount   If someone or something is in their prime, they are at the stage in their existence when they are at their strongest, most active, or most successful.  
usu poss N  
She was in her intellectual prime..., We've had a series of athletes trying to come back well past their prime., ...young persons in the prime of life.     
5       verb   If you prime someone to do something, you prepare them to do it, for example by giving them information about it beforehand.   (=brief)  
Claire wished she'd primed Sarah beforehand...      V n  
Arnold primed her for her duties...      V n for n  
The press corps was primed to leap to the defense of the fired officials.      be V-ed to-inf  
6   
    to prime the pump  
    pump  


Prime Minister        ( Prime Ministers    plural  ) The leader of the government in some countries is called the Prime Minister.      n-count   usu the N; N-TITLE; N-VOC   (=PM, premier)  
...the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Miss Benazir Bhutto...     
prime mover        ( prime movers    plural  ) The prime moverbehind a plan, idea, or situation is someone who has an important influence in starting it.      n-count   usu N behind/in n   (=driving force)  
He was the prime mover behind the coup...     
prime number        ( prime numbers    plural  ) In mathematics, a prime number is a whole number greater than 1 that cannot be divided exactly by any whole number except itself and the number 1, for example 17.      n-count  
prime rate        ( prime rates    plural  ) A bank's prime rate is the lowest rate of interest which it charges at a particular time and which is offered only to certain customers.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
At least one bank cut its prime rate today.     
prime time      , primetime  
Prime time television or radio programmes are broadcast when the greatest number of people are watching television or listening to the radio, usually in the evenings.      n-uncount   usu N n  
...a prime-time television show., ...prime time viewing in mid-evening.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
be stupid
expression used when someone becomes irritating
v.
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
exp.
be in a good shape
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
exp.
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
exp.
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
exp.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
exp.
think alike about a certain topic; be aligned in opinions; feel the same way about smth.
id.
be more successful than others in a competitive situation or do things in advance in order to succeed in a competition.
That basketball team was ahead of the game that is why they won!
exp.
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
exp.
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
exp.
behave in a manner that is commonly considered as specific to women
[Fam.] it is used most frequently when referring to men who show lack of courage or an excessive shyness or sensitivity. E.g Don't be a pussy; You're such a pussy
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
exp.
be a man
familiar
exp.
to be staggering
Das ist ein Hammer!
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
adj.
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
n.
To surmount, to be victorious
n.
be silent, stop talking etc
To add entries to your own vocabulary, become a member of Reverso community or login if you are already a member. It's easy and only takes a few seconds:
Or sign up in the traditional way

Advertising
Advertising