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first adverb
1. before anything else
Related: firstly, foremost, first_of_all, first_off
  • "first we must consider the garter snake"
2. the initial time
  • "when Felix first saw a garter snake"
3. before another in time, space, or importance
  • "I was here first"
  • "let's do this job first"
first adjective
1. (early) preceding all others in time or space or degree
Antonyms: last
  • "the first house on the right"
  • "the first day of spring"
  • "his first political race"
  • "her first baby"
  • "the first time"
  • "the first meetings of the new party"
  • "the first phase of his training"
2. highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections
Antonyms: second
  • "first soprano"
  • "the first violin section"
  • "played first horn"
3. indicating the beginning unit in a series
Related: 1st
4. ranking above all others
Related: foremost, world-class
  • "was first in her class"
  • "the foremost figure among marine artists"
  • "the top graduate"
first noun
1. (rank) the first or highest in an ordering or series
Related: number_one
  • "He wanted to be the first"
2. (ordinal_number) the first element in a countable series
Related: number_one, number_1
  • "the first of the month"
3. (honours) an honours degree of the highest class
Related: first-class_honours_degree
beginning noun
1. (point) the time at which something is supposed to begin
Related: commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting_time, showtime, offset
Antonyms: middle
  • "they got an early start"
  • "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
foremost adverb
1. prominently forward
Related: first
  • "he put his best foot foremost"
inaugural adjective
1. serving to set in motion
Related: initiative, initiatory, first, maiden
  • "the magazine's inaugural issue"
  • "the initiative phase in the negotiations"
  • "an initiatory step toward a treaty"
  • "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"
  • "the liner's maiden voyage"
beginning(a) adjective
1. serving to begin
Related: first
  • "the beginning canto of the poem"
  • "the first verse"
first_base noun
1. (position) the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
Related: first
first_gear noun
1. (gear) the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
Related: first, low_gear, low
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