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See definition of first on Dictionary.com
  • adj.earliest in order
  • adj.highest in importance
  • adv.at the beginning

synonyms for first

  • early
  • aboriginal
  • antecedent
  • anterior
  • basic
  • beginning
  • cardinal
  • front
  • fundamental
  • head
  • inaugural
  • initial
  • key
  • leading
  • least
  • opening
  • original
  • pioneer
  • premier
  • primary
  • prime
  • primitive
  • ahead
  • elementary
  • first off
  • headmost
  • in the beginning
  • inceptive
  • incipient
  • introductory
  • lead off
  • number one
  • numero uno
  • primeval
  • primogenial
  • primordial
  • pristine
  • right up front
  • rudimentary
  • slightest
  • smallest
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antonyms for first

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  • additional
  • auxiliary
  • ending
  • extra
  • final
  • following
  • inessential
  • inferior
  • insignificant
  • last
  • minor
  • nonessential
  • secondary
  • subordinate
  • trivial
  • unimportant
  • final
  • secondary
  • inferior
  • extra
  • unnecessary
  • inessential
  • submissive
  • minor
  • least
  • last
  • subordinate
  • unimportant
  • trivial
  • auxiliary
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How to use first in a sentence

This is the first and principal point at which we can stanch the wastage of teaching energy that now goes on.
THE SALVAGING OF CIVILISATIONH. G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS
He was converted and baptized, and was the first Hebrew instructor at Harvard college.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
And I have not had the first morsel of food prepared from this grain offered me since I reached the shores of Europe.
GLANCES AT EUROPEHORACE GREELEY
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.
THE SALVAGING OF CIVILISATIONH. G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS
In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.
TINTINNALOGIA, OR, THE ART OF RINGINGRICHARD DUCKWORTH AND FABIAN STEDMAN
First a shower of shells dropping all along the lower ridges and out over the surface of the Bay.
GALLIPOLI DIARY, VOLUME IIAN HAMILTON
Elyon is the name of an ancient Phœnician god, slain by his son El, no doubt the “first-born of death” in Job xviii.
SOLOMON AND SOLOMONIC LITERATUREMONCURE DANIEL CONWAY
First, how about the expansibility needed to supply adequate funds for crop-moving?
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
The scene is the covenant made between the two first persons of the Trinity on Mount Moriah.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO FIRST

  • ancient
  • earliest
  • endemic
  • first
  • indigenous
  • native
  • original
  • primary
  • primeval
  • primitive
  • primordial
  • advanced
  • advancing
  • along
  • ante
  • antecedently
  • at an advantage
  • at the head
  • before
  • beforehand
  • earlier
  • first
  • fore
  • foremost
  • forward
  • in the foreground
  • in the lead
  • leading
  • on
  • onward
  • onwards
  • precedent
  • precedently
  • preceding
  • previous
  • progressing
  • to the fore
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.