prime

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpraɪm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/praɪm/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(prīm)


Inflections of 'prime' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
primes
v 3rd person singular
priming
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
primed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
primed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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prime

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
adj
  1. the [new, current, previous] prime minister
  2. the [Canadian] Prime Minster
  3. the Prime Minister of [Canada]
  4. a prime [ingredient, feature] of
  5. is a prime factor in
  6. the prime [cause, source, purpose, aim, focus, goal] (of)
  7. is the prime cause of heart [attacks, diseases, problems]
  8. the prime reason [why, as to, behind, for]
  9. a prime-time [show, program, event]
  10. prime-time [TV, television, radio, advertising, viewing figures]
  11. [that] is a prime example of [his ignorance, the problem]
  12. is a prime example of [when, why, how]
  13. a prime example of how (not) to [do, say, make, give]
  14. a prime example of good [behavior, manners, practice]
  15. a prime [requisite, need]
  16. prime real estate
  17. bought a prime [property, building, lot]
  18. [set, built, located] in a prime [area, location]
  19. prime [ribs, cuts] of [beef, pork]
  20. is the prime authority on [Shakespeare, ancient civilizations]
  21. is a prime mover [in, of]
  22. [3, 7, 23] is a prime number
v
  1. prime a [rifle, gun, weapon, firearm]
  2. primed to [kill, serve, explode]
  3. prime [a bomb, the device, an explosive] for [detonation, explosion]
  4. prime the [table, surface, wall, door] for [painting, polishing]
  5. primed himself for the [fight, interview, meeting, exam, championship final]
  6. primed for [fame, greatness, stardom]
  7. primed to be a [star, singer, winner]
  8. prime the [pump, engine]
  9. prime the [canvas, wall] (before, first)
  10. primed by his [advisors, managers, ministers]
  11. the [president, owner] was primed by his [advisors]
n
  1. is (still) in the prime of her life
  2. is (still) in his prime
  3. cut [down, short] in her prime
  4. these [leftovers, cars] are past their prime
  5. the prime of his [sporting, acting] career
  6. numbers that are primes
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