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  • EN [ fɜːst]
  • US [ fɜːrst]

English definition


  • 1. the first or highest in an ordering or series;

    • "He wanted to be the first"
  • 2. the first element in a countable series;

    • "the first of the month"
  • 3. the time at which something is supposed to begin;

    • "they got an early start"
    • "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
  • 4. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base

  • 5. an honours degree of the highest class

  • 6. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving


  • 1. preceding all others in time or space or degree;

    • "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. indicating the beginning unit in a series

  • 3. serving to set in motion;

    • "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"
  • 4. serving to begin;

    • "the beginning canto of the poem"
    • "the first verse"
  • 5. ranking above all others;

    • "was first in her class"
    • "the foremost figure among marine artists"
    • "the top graduate"
  • 6. highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections;

    • "first soprano"
    • "the first violin section"
    • "played first horn"
  • 7. being the gear producing the lowest drive speed;

    • "use first gear on steep hills"


  • 1. before anything else;

    • "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"
  • 4. prominently forward;

    • "he put his best foot foremost"

Example sentences

  • He missed the first prize by a whisker.

  • Let's clean their room first and then ours.

  • She first appeared on the screen ten years ago.

  • It'should first be warmed to 120℃.

  • The price is under first cost.

  • We had a few near misses in the first raid.

  • For the first time her veneer of politeness began to crack.

  • Their first exchange set the tone for a new relationship.

  • The drugs work well at first but gradually lose their effectiveness.

  • Let's go to the theatre first and eat afterward.

  • He debated heating up the pot first before his friends came.

  • At first hearing I didn't like the music.

  • The Beatles first visited America in 1964 and took the country by storm.

  • He was the first man to navigate the Atlantic by air.

  • She grew up in Spain, so her first language is Spanish.

  • First time strangers, second time friends.

  • He first appeared on Broadway last year.

  • The horse was tired, but the rider spurred him on and reached the post first.

  • The boxer polished off his opponent in the first round.

  • Her manner seemed unpleasant at first, but she improved on further acquaintance.

  • It depends ( on ) who will be the first to arrive there.

  • I was very happy when I first landed in America.

  • He falls for every pretty girl at first sight.

  • I still remember very clearly the scene of our first meeting.

  • We were on a walk in the country when the idea first occurred to us.

  • After the First World War Germany conceded its neighbours much valuable land.

  • He got a first in Modern Language.

  • He was a singer, but first and foremost a scholar.

  • The first question he asked me was quite straightforward.

  • She didn't feel a bit nervous though it was the first time she'd spoken in public.

Phrase collocation

  • at first

    at the beginning; in the initial stage or stages

    • at first Hugo tried to be patient.

  • at first glance

    • at first Hugo tried to be patient.

  • at first hand

    • at first Hugo tried to be patient.

  • at first instance

    • at first Hugo tried to be patient.

  • at first sight

    • at first Hugo tried to be patient.

  • the first among equals

    • at first Hugo tried to be patient.

  • first blood

    • at first Hugo tried to be patient.

  • first come, first served

    used to indicate that people will be dealt with strictly in the order in which they arrive or apply

    • tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • first and foremost

    most importantly; more than anything else

    • Delhi was first and foremost a barracks town.

  • first and last

    fundamentally; on the whole

    • museums are first and last about curatorship.

  • first of all

    before doing anything else; at the beginning

    • first of all, let me ask you something.

  • first off

    (informal, chiefly N. Amer.)as a first point; first of all

    • first off, I owe you a heck of an apology.

  • first past the post

    (of a contestant, especially a horse, in a race) winning a race by being the first to reach the finishing line

  • first thing

    early in the morning; before anything else

    • I have to meet Josh first thing tomorrow.


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