[[t]pra͟ɪmərɪli, AM praɪme͟ərɪli[/t]]
ADV: ADV with v, ADV with cl/group
You use primarily to say what is mainly true in a particular situation.

...a book aimed primarily at high-energy physicists...

Public order is primarily an urban problem...

Investment remains tiny primarily because of the exorbitant cost of land.

chiefly, essentially

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  • Primarily — Pri ma*ri*ly, adv. In a primary manner; in the first place; in the first place; in the first intention; originally. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • primarily — index a fortiori, ab initio, particularly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • primarily — 1610s, from PRIMARY (Cf. primary) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • primarily — In BrE, under American influence, the stress is increasingly heard on the second syllable, rather than (more awkwardly) on the first …   Modern English usage

  • primarily — ► ADVERB ▪ for the most part; mainly …   English terms dictionary

  • primarily — [prī mer′ə lē, prī′mer΄ə lē] adv. 1. at first; originally 2. mainly; principally …   English World dictionary

  • primarily — /pruy mair euh lee, mer , pruy mer euh lee, meuhr euh /, adv. 1. essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally: They live primarily from farming. 2. in the first instance; at first; originally: Primarily a doctor, he later became a lawyer. [1610 20;… …   Universalium

  • primarily — adv. Primarily is used with these adjectives: ↑composed, ↑concentrated, ↑concerned, ↑engaged, ↑interested, ↑involved, ↑male, ↑responsible Primarily is used with these verbs: ↑aim, ↑appeal, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • primarily — pri|mar|i|ly [ praım(ə)rəli, praı merəli ] adverb ** mainly: The magazine is targeted primarily at young middle class women. Bone marrow transplants are a controversial procedure, primarily because of the high costs involved …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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