- 1to prepare somebody 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.
- 2prime something to make something ready for use or action The bomb was primed, ready to explode.
- 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 Word Originverb early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘fill, load’): origin uncertain; probably based on Latin primus
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BrE BrE//praɪm//; NAmE NAmE//praɪm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prime
BrE BrE//praɪm//; NAmE NAmE//praɪm//he / she / it primes
BrE BrE//praɪmz//; NAmE NAmE//praɪmz//past simple primed
BrE BrE//praɪmd//; NAmE NAmE//praɪmd//past participle primed
BrE BrE//praɪmd//; NAmE NAmE//praɪmd//-ing form priming
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪmɪŋ//