Definition of first-hand in English:


adverb & adjective

  • (of information or experience) from the original source or personal experience; direct.

    as adjective ‘first-hand accounts of activities behind the enemy lines’
    as adverb ‘data which is obtained first-hand from customers’
    • ‘Having knowledge and first-hand experience can really feed that imagination.’
    • ‘I also have first-hand experience of the repercussions that follow when you make a stand against sectarianism.’
    • ‘His thorough and first-hand knowledge of war could be seen clearly in these short stories.’
    • ‘He heard a range of first-hand accounts of people's experiences of crime.’
    • ‘Journalists from all over China have gone to the small town to get first-hand information about the case.’
    • ‘At their best, they provide an authentic new source of first-hand information.’
    • ‘Probably not people who have my first-hand experience of a similar situation.’
    • ‘Numerous poets and playwrights had first-hand experience of the wars.’
    • ‘He has captured the first-hand accounts of many people whose stories would probably otherwise have been lost to us.’
    • ‘Apart from military personnel, it is only our oldest generation that has had first-hand experience of life in a war zone.’
    • ‘Poets who perform their work involve themselves in a first-hand experience.’
    • ‘Victims of stalking have first-hand knowledge of various techniques that can be used to terrorise or control others.’
    • ‘That being said, I still think the best marketing stories come from personal, first-hand experience.’
    • ‘He was also able to draw on first-hand knowledge of the caprices of the writing life.’
    • ‘The idea, clearly, is to make it easy for students to see the first-hand evidence of textual problems for themselves.’
    • ‘How can anyone objectively criticise an event without having first-hand knowledge of it?’
    • ‘An increasing number of Australians understand this from first-hand experience.’
    • ‘When someone comes along with first-hand knowledge of the topic in hand it just confuses everyone.’
    direct, immediate, personal, unmediated, hands-on, experiential, empirical, from the original source
    directly, immediately, personally, at first hand, from the original source, with one's own ears, with one's own eyes
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  • at first hand

    • Directly or from personal experience.

      ‘scientists observed the process at first hand’
      • ‘I can recount endless examples that I have experienced at first hand.’
      • ‘Four Laois men will hope to see at first hand what people in Ethiopia experience in their daily struggle to survive.’
      • ‘They are the ones, after all, with most experience of nature at first hand, and their views deserve to be listened to.’
      • ‘It is felt that the Mobile Farm is the answer as it allows children to experience farm animals at first hand.’
      • ‘He had experienced this at first hand, from his own brother.’
      directly, immediately, personally, at first hand, from the original source, with one's own ears, with one's own eyes
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