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1‘his prime reason for going to America’
main, chief, key, primary, central, principal, foremost, first, most important, paramount, major, dominant, supreme, overriding, cardinal, pre-eminent, ultimate
2‘deforestation is the prime cause of flooding’
fundamental, basic, essential, elemental, primary, vital, central
3‘extensive areas of prime agricultural land’
top-quality, highest quality, top, top-tier, best, first-class, first-rate, high-grade, grade A, superior, supreme, flawless, choice, select, finest, superlative, peak, optimal, model
excellent, marvellous, magnificent, superb, fine, wonderful, exceptional, formidable
British top of the range
US top of the line
informal tip-top, A1, stellar, top-notch
4‘the NHS remains the prime example of a public health service’
archetypal, prototypical, typical, classic, ideal, excellent, standard, stock, conventional, characteristic, quintessential
1‘he was, in his prime, the most famous man in the world’
heyday, best days, best years, day, time, prime of one's life, maturity
youth, springtime, salad days, bloom, flowering, full flowering, perfection
peak, pinnacle, height, high point, high spot, zenith, ascendancy
1‘he grabbed a gun from a nearby rack and primed it’
prepare, load, set up, ready, make ready, get ready, equip, gear up
2‘Mischa knew what to say, as Lucy had primed him carefully’
brief, give information to, fill in, prepare, supply with facts, put in the picture, inform, advise, notify, tell, instruct, coach, drill
informal clue in, give someone the low-down
British informal gen up
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