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  1. [adverb] before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"
    Synonyms: ly, foremost, of all, off

  2. [adverb] the initial time; "when Felix first saw a garter snake"
    Synonyms: for the time

  3. [adverb] before another in time, space, or importance; "I was here first"; "let's do this job first"

  4. [adverb] prominently forward; "he put his best foot foremost"
    Synonyms: foremost

  5. [noun] the first or highest in an ordering or series; "He wanted to be the first"
    Synonyms: number one

  6. [noun] the first element in a countable series; "the first of the month"
    Synonyms: number one, number 1

  7. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: beginning, commencement, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset

  8. [noun] the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base
    Synonyms: base

  9. [noun] an honours degree of the highest class
    Synonyms: -class honours degree

  10. [noun] the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
    Synonyms: gear, low gear, low

  11. [adjective] 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"

  12. [adjective] indicating the beginning unit in a series
    Synonyms: 1st

  13. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: inaugural, initiative, initiatory, maiden

  14. [adjective] serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
    Synonyms: beginning

  15. [adjective] ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate"
    Synonyms: foremost, world-class

  16. [adjective] highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; "first soprano"; "the first violin section"; "played first horn"

  17. [adjective] being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first gear on steep hills"
    Synonyms: low


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