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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  
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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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prime

  

      adj  
1    best, capital, choice, excellent, first-class, first-rate, grade A, highest, quality, select, selected, superior, top  
2    basic, bog-standard     (informal)   earliest, fundamental, original, primary, underlying  
3    chief, leading, main, predominant, pre-eminent, primary, principal, ruling, senior  
      n  
4    best days, bloom, flower, full flowering, height, heyday, maturity, peak, perfection, zenith  
5    beginning, morning, opening, spring, start  
      vb  
6    break in, coach, fit, get ready, groom, make ready, prepare, train  
7    brief, clue in     (informal)   clue up     (informal)   fill in     (informal)   gen up     (Brit. informal)   give someone the lowdown     (informal)   inform, notify, tell  

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n.
the greater number or part of something
"the majority of" can only refer to a number of things or people. When talking about an amount, "most of" should be used. Ex.: Most of (not the majority of) the harvest was saved.
n.
watch a great number of episodes from the same television series in a row
portmanteau word: binge (excessive consumption of something) + watching
n.
a book that gives lists of facts, for example people's names, addresses, and telephone numbers, or the names and addresses of business companies, usually arranged in alphabetical order.
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