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Noun
Individuals carefully selected as being the best of a class
“She was in her intellectual prime.”
Noun
Beginning; spring
Verb
Get ready; prepare
“But I haven't had time to prime them about my small and innocent act of subterfuge.”
Verb
To prepare a mechanism for its main work
“Croft and Wilmore stood side by side and watched Protheroe and FitzWilliam check the flints then load and prime both pistols.”
Adjective
Of the very best kind
“It was one of the City's prime locations.”
Adjective
First in importance
“Mr Mirfin, who earlier this week criticised the council over the matter, said the safety of clubbers visiting the Casbah was of prime importance.”
Adjective
Having all the typical characteristics of something
“Scientific research is certainly a good thing when used for human welfare, and surely this is a prime example of the kind of research we should be doing, so the argument goes.”
Adjective
“A prime cause of deforestation was the burning of charcoal to melt ore into iron.”
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