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verb [transitive] [usually passive]     prime pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlepriming
past tenseprimed
past participleprimed
  1. 1
    to prepare someone to behave or react in a particular way

    She had been well primed about what to say to the press.

    They have 50,000 men primed for battle.

  2. 2
    to get a weapon or bomb ready to fire or explode

    The bomb had been primed to go off at noon.

  3. 3
    to prepare a surface for paint or some other substance


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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