first and foremost

first and fore·most
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [furst and fawr-mohst, -muh st, fohr-]
    • /fɜrst ænd ˈfɔrˌmoʊst, -məst, ˈfoʊr-/
    • /fɜːst ənd ˈfɔː.məʊst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst and fawr-mohst, -muh st, fohr-]
    • /fɜrst ænd ˈfɔrˌmoʊst, -məst, ˈfoʊr-/

Definitions of first and foremost words

  • adverb first and foremost primarily 1
  • adverb first and foremost above all else 1
  • phrase first and foremost You use first and foremost to emphasize the most important quality of something or someone. 0
  • adverb first and foremost (set phrase) Primarily; most importantly. 0

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first and foremost popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for first and foremost

adv first and foremost

  • principally — chiefly; mainly.
  • chiefly — You use chiefly to indicate that a particular reason, emotion, method, or feature is the main or most important one.
  • primarily — essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally: They live primarily from farming.
  • above all — You say above all to indicate that the thing you are mentioning is the most important point.
  • generally — usually; commonly; ordinarily: He generally comes home at noon.

Antonyms for first and foremost

adv first and foremost

  • secondarily — next after the first in order, place, time, etc.
  • finally — at the final point or moment; in the end.
  • trivially — of very little importance or value; insignificant: Don't bother me with trivial matters.

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