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Definition of prime verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    prime

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//praɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prime
     
    he / she / it primes
     
    past simple primed
     
    -ing form priming
     
     
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  1. 1to prepare someone for a situation so that they know what to do, especially by giving them special information synonym brief prime somebody (with something) They had been primed with good advice. prime somebody (for something) She was ready and primed for action. prime somebody to do something He had primed his friends to give the journalists as little information as possible.
  2. 2prime something to make something ready for use or action The bomb was primed, ready to explode.
  3. 3prime something to prepare wood, metal, etc. for painting by covering it with a special paint that helps the next layer of paint to stay on
  4. Idioms
    prime the pump
     
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    to encourage the growth of a new or weak business or industry by putting money into it
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