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foremost

[fawr-mohst, -muh st, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌmoʊst, -məst, ˈfoʊr-/
adjective, adverb
1.
first in place, order, rank, etc.:
the foremost surgeons.
Origin
1000
before 1000; fore1 + -most; replacing Middle English, Old English formest, equivalent to form(a) first, variant of fruma (compare Latin prīmus) + -est -est
Synonyms
primary, prime, chief, principal, paramount.
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  • As a dramatic writer, he has been frequently criticized, and cannot be placed in the foremost rank.
  • He is said to be one of the foremost interpreters of that composer's works.
  • At the wedding, my new job was not foremost in my mind.
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  • Not that he wasn't first and foremost a pragmatist, mind you, despite his aesthetic sense.
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  • Among the antiquities of a great nation, its tombs always hold a foremost place.
  • Net-zero-energy building is first and foremost about radical energy-use efficiency.
  • Tonga's judiciary remains answerable first and foremost to the king, not the elected government.
British Dictionary definitions for foremost

foremost

/ˈfɔːˌməʊst/
adjective, adverb
1.
first in time, place, rank, etc
Word Origin
Old English formest, from forma first; related to Old Saxon formo first, Old High German fruma advantage
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Word Origin and History for foremost
adj.

Old English fyrmest "earliest, first, most prominent," from Proto-Germanic *formo- (related to Old English fruma "beginning"), superlative of the root of fore + additional superlative suffix -est. Cf. -most, and cf. also Old Frisian formest, Gothic frumists. Altered on the assumption that it is a compound of fore and most.

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