Definition of primarily in US English:

primarily

adverb

  • For the most part; mainly.

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

/ˌprīˈmerəlē//ˌpraɪˈmɛrəli/