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1       adj   If you describe something as secondary, you mean that it is less important than something else.  
usu ADJ n, also v-link ADJ to n  
The street erupted in a huge explosion, with secondary explosions in the adjoining buildings..., The actual damage to the brain cells is secondary to the damage caused to the blood supply.     
2       adj   Secondary diseases or infections happen as a result of another disease or infection that has already happened.  
usu ADJ n  
He had kidney cancer, with secondary tumours in the brain and lungs.     
3       adj   Secondary education is given to pupils between the ages of 11 or 12 and 17 or 18.  
Examinations for the GCSE are taken after about five years of secondary education.     

secondary modern        ( secondary moderns    plural  ) Secondary moderns were schools which existed until recently in Britain for children aged between about eleven and sixteen, where more attention was paid to practical skills and less to academic study than in a grammar school.      n-count  
secondary school        ( secondary schools    plural  ) A secondary school is a school for pupils between the ages of 11 or 12 and 17 or 18.      n-var  
She taught history at a secondary school...     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    derivative, derived, indirect, resultant, resulting, second-hand  
2    consequential, contingent, inferior, lesser, lower, minor, second-rate, subordinate, unimportant  
3    alternate, auxiliary, backup, extra, fall-back, relief, reserve, second, subsidiary, supporting  
   cardinal, chief, head, larger, main, major, more important, only, original, preceding, primary, prime, principal, superior  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

! Secondary transport n.
Interhospital transport between two hospitals

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