Definition of primarily in English:

primarily

adverb

  • For the most part; mainly.

    ‘around 80 per cent of personal computers are used primarily for word processing’
    • ‘She is a brilliant advocate but, because of her sex, she is judged primarily on her appearance.’
    • ‘There were many other fine individual performances but this was primarily a team effort.’
    • ‘For the first couple of years, the garden's appeal was primarily to do with the landscaping.’
    • ‘We forget that charges of treason flourish primarily when treason is a clear and present danger.’
    • ‘He said the car, which he hired back to the company, was primarily used by himself but also by others.’
    • ‘Refuse collection is not based primarily on cost, but on public health principles.’
    • ‘They also plan to create a scented garden primarily for the blind and visually impaired.’
    • ‘Arcadia is a fascinating play to read but tricky to watch, primarily because it's so clever.’
    • ‘We are looking for a small runaround primarily for shopping and taking the children to nursery.’
    • ‘Although the Hawk is primarily a training aircraft, it can also be used in a ground attack role.’
    • ‘Wet bread is primarily a trotting bait and as such is mainly used with trotting tackle.’
    • ‘We are primarily driven by the fact that it is not a suitable location from the welfare and safety aspects.’
    • ‘This decision was taken primarily to help minimise the costs of issuing licences to the public.’
    • ‘The restoration has been primarily on the interior reflecting the Burges style.’
    • ‘Managing canopy size is primarily achieved through seed rates and nitrogen use.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, it is primarily but not exclusively, a site to post reviews.’
    • ‘And these women were very much part timers who played primarily out of love of the game.’
    • ‘He brings an exceptional depth of intellect to processes which are primarily intuitive.’
    • ‘The partnership says the bridge must be primarily a local bridge for local traffic.’
    • ‘It must make the case that vouchers in education and health are intended primarily to help the poor.’
    first and foremost, first, firstly, essentially, in essence, fundamentally, in the first place, most importantly, principally, predominantly, predominately, basically, elementally, above all, especially, particularly
    mostly, for the most part, chiefly, mainly, in the main, on the whole, largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, substantially, overall, in general, effectively, especially, generally, usually, typically, commonly, as a rule
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Pronunciation

primarily

/ˈprʌɪm(ə)rɪli//prʌɪˈmɛrɪli/