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adjective [only before noun] prime pronunciation in British English /praɪm/
  1. 1
    most important
    Our prime concern was the safety of our customers.
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    1. a.
      having the most influence
      Truman had been the prime architect of the NATO alliance.
      a prime force behind international terrorism
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  2. 2
    of the highest quality
    a prime location for a business park
    prime beef
    a prime example of 1930s architecture
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  3. 3
    most likely to be chosen or to be suitable for something
    the prime suspect in a murder case
    prime target/candidate: The couple became prime targets for press criticism.
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