Definition of prime mover noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


prime mover

BrE BrE//ˌpraɪm ˈmuːvə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpraɪm ˈmuːvər//
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a person or thing that starts something and has an important influence on its development With Germany, France has been the prime mover in closer European integration.
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