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.
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.
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.
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.
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
to prime the 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
...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
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.