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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.     
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