he was primarily a singer

first and foremost, firstly, essentially, in essence, fundamentally, principally, predominantly

work is done primarily for large institutions

mostly, for the most part, chiefly, mainly, in the main, on the whole, largely, principally, predominantly

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  • primarily — [adv1] generally; for the most part above all, basically, chiefly, especially, essentially, fundamentally, generally, largely, mainly, mostly, on the whole, overall, predominantly, principally; concepts 531,544,772 Ant. secondarily primarily… …   New thesaurus

  • Primarily — Pri ma*ri*ly, adv. In a primary manner; in the first place; in the first place; in the first intention; originally. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • primarily — index a fortiori, ab initio, particularly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • primarily — 1610s, from PRIMARY (Cf. primary) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • primarily — In BrE, under American influence, the stress is increasingly heard on the second syllable, rather than (more awkwardly) on the first …   Modern English usage

  • primarily — ► ADVERB ▪ for the most part; mainly …   English terms dictionary

  • primarily — [prī mer′ə lē, prī′mer΄ə lē] adv. 1. at first; originally 2. mainly; principally …   English World dictionary

  • primarily — [[t]pra͟ɪmərɪli, AM praɪme͟ərɪli[/t]] ADV: ADV with v, ADV with cl/group You use primarily to say what is mainly true in a particular situation. ...a book aimed primarily at high energy physicists... Public order is primarily an urban problem...… …   English dictionary

  • primarily — /pruy mair euh lee, mer , pruy mer euh lee, meuhr euh /, adv. 1. essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally: They live primarily from farming. 2. in the first instance; at first; originally: Primarily a doctor, he later became a lawyer. [1610 20;… …   Universalium

  • primarily — adv. Primarily is used with these adjectives: ↑composed, ↑concentrated, ↑concerned, ↑engaged, ↑interested, ↑involved, ↑male, ↑responsible Primarily is used with these verbs: ↑aim, ↑appeal, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • primarily — pri|mar|i|ly [ praım(ə)rəli, praı merəli ] adverb ** mainly: The magazine is targeted primarily at young middle class women. Bone marrow transplants are a controversial procedure, primarily because of the high costs involved …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English