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1‘the first chapter of Genesis’
earliest, initial, opening, introductory, original
2‘the management decided to start from first principles’
fundamental, basic, rudimentary, primary, beginning, elemental, underlying, basal, foundation
key, cardinal, central, chief, vital, essential
3‘his first priority would be law and order’
foremost, principal, highest, greatest, paramount, top, topmost, utmost, uppermost, prime, chief, leading, main, major
pre-eminent, overriding, outstanding, Supreme, premier, predominant, prevailing, most important, of greatest importance, of prime importance
vital, key, essential, crucial, central, core, focal, pivotal, dominant
4‘he is hoping to win the £3,000 first prize’
top, best, prime, premier, superlative
winner's, winning, champion
1‘they went back to the room they had first entered’
at first, to begin with, at the beginning, at the start, first of all, at the outset, initially
2‘she would eat first, she decided’
before anything else, first and foremost, firstly, in the first place
without further ado, now
3‘she longed to go abroad, but not at this man's expense—she'd die first!’
in preference, more willingly, sooner, rather
1‘from the first, surrealism was theatrical’
the beginning, the very beginning, the start, the outset, the commencement
informal the word go, square one, the off
2‘we travelled by air, a first for both of us’
novelty, new experience, first experience, first occurrence, unusual event
informal a turn-up for the books
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