If something is in its prime, it is at its best. The same goes for a person. If you are young and healthy and in the prime of your life, you are ready to take on the world.

Prime often means "main." The prime reason you go to concerts is to see your favorite groups perform. If your mother is angry that you came home late, tell her that this is a prime example of why you need a cell phone — so you can call her. It can also mean "of the highest quality" as in prime beef or flowers. As a verb, prime means to get ready. Hopefully you've primed yourself for your exams. Prime the pump and start the engine!

Definitions of prime
  1. adjective
    used of the first or originating agent
    prime mover”
    preceding all others in time or space or degree
  2. adjective
    first in rank or degree
    “the prime minister”
    synonyms: premier
    preceding all others in time or space or degree
  3. adjective
    of superior grade
    prime beef”
    synonyms: choice, prize, quality, select
    of high or superior quality or performance
  4. adjective
    being at the best stage of development
    “"our manhood's prime vigor"- Robert Browning”
    synonyms: meridian
    having reached full natural growth or development
  5. noun
    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
    synonyms: bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flower, flush, heyday, peak
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    golden age
    a time period when some activity or skill was at its peak
    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  6. noun
    the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest
    synonyms: prime of life
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    type of:
    adulthood, maturity
    the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
  7. noun
    a number that has no factor but itself and 1
    synonyms: prime quantity
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    prime number
    an integer that has no integral factors but itself and 1
    type of:
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  8. adjective
    of or relating to or being an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
    prime number”
  9. verb
    cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    synonyms: ground, undercoat
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    type of:
    apply paint to; coat with paint
  10. verb
    insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
    prime a cannon”
    prime a mine”
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    type of:
    fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
  11. verb
    fill with priming liquid
    prime a car engine”
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  12. noun
    the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
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    type of:
    canonical hour
    (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer
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