prime - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] [usually passive] 

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/praɪm/
present tense
I/you/we/theyprime
he/she/itprimes
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 midday.

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