1 (also first gear) lowest gear on a bicycle/vehicle
get into, move into, slam into

As he moved into first, the engine made a strange noise.

engage (formal)

She engaged first gear and pulled off.

put sth into

Put the car into first and pull off slowly.


It's very difficult to find first on this car.

in first

I had to drive all the way home in first.

2 (BrE) highest level of university degree

She did Philosophy and English Literature and got a double first.

be awarded, gain, get, obtain
first in

He got a first in modern history.

First is used with these nouns: ↑communion, ↑world
First is used with these nouns: ↑act, ↑aim, ↑album, ↑anniversary, ↑appearance, ↑appointment, ↑arrival, ↑attempt, ↑ballot, ↑batter, ↑bid, ↑boyfriend, ↑chamber, ↑chapter, ↑choice, ↑course, ↑cousin, ↑dance, ↑date, ↑degree, ↑division, ↑draft, ↑edition, ↑encounter, ↑episode, ↑finger, ↑floor, ↑frost, ↑gear, ↑generation, ↑girlfriend, ↑glimpse, ↑guess, ↑half, ↑hint, ↑hurdle, ↑husband, ↑importance, ↑impression, ↑impulse, ↑inclination, ↑inhabitant, ↑inkling, ↑instalment, ↑instinct, ↑job, ↑kiss, ↑lady, ↑language, ↑lap, ↑leg, ↑love, ↑manifestation, ↑marriage, ↑measure, ↑meeting, ↑memory, ↑mention, ↑mortgage, ↑mouthful, ↑move, ↑movement, ↑name, ↑night, ↑novel, ↑objective, ↑offence, ↑offender, ↑offer, ↑option, ↑overtime, ↑page, ↑pang, ↑part, ↑phase, ↑portion, ↑position, ↑post, ↑preference, ↑pregnancy, ↑prerequisite, ↑priority, ↑prize, ↑quarter, ↑rank, ↑reaction, ↑recommendation, ↑record, ↑recording, ↑refusal, ↑report, ↑round, ↑row, ↑rule, ↑school, ↑secretary, ↑seed, ↑semester, ↑sergeant, ↑settler, ↑shock, ↑shot, ↑sign, ↑signatory, ↑single, ↑sip, ↑skirmish, ↑snow, ↑snowfall, ↑soprano, ↑stab, ↑stage, ↑step, ↑storey, ↑syllable, ↑symphony, ↑taste, ↑team, ↑term, ↑thing, ↑third, ↑thought, ↑time, ↑train, trimester, ↑try, ↑violin, ↑visit, ↑volume, ↑voyage, ↑warning, ↑wave, ↑wife
First is used with these verbs: ↑appear, ↑discover, ↑encounter, ↑introduce, ↑meet, ↑propose

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  • first — [ fɜrst ] function word *** First can be used in the following ways: as a number: This is the first car I ve ever owned. as a pronoun: It s often tougher for a team in their second year than their first. as an adverb: Speak to me first, before… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • First — (f[ e]rst), a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f[ o]rste, OHG. furist, G. f[ u]rst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See {For}, {Fore}, and cf. {Formeer}, {Foremost}.] 1. Preceding all others of a series… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first — ► ORDINAL NUMBER 1) coming before all others in time or order; earliest; 1st. 2) before doing something else specified or implied. 3) foremost in position, rank, or importance. 4) informal something never previously achieved or occurring. 5) Brit …   English terms dictionary

  • First — or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one. It can also refer to:* FIRST, a science and technology competition founded by Dean Kamen * FIRST (CERT), Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams * Ruth First (1925 1982), a leading anti… …   Wikipedia

  • First In — – First Out (engl. etwa „Zuerst rein – zuerst raus“), häufig abgekürzt mit FIFO, gleichbedeutend mit First Come First Served bzw. FCFS, bezeichnet jegliche Verfahren der Speicherung, bei denen diejenigen Elemente, die zuerst gespeichert wurden,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • First TV — was the name of a cable television network that was operated in New Zealand s two main North Island cities, Auckland and Wellington by Telecom New Zealand in the 1990s.Trial stage First Media was a stupidly owned subsidiary of Telecom NZ. First… …   Wikipedia

  • first — 1. When used with a number, first (like last) normally precedes it, as in the first three cars. This practice dates from the 16c, when first came to be regarded more as an adjective than as a noun; before that time, it was common to say the two… …   Modern English usage

  • First — steht für: die obere Schnittkante von zwei Dachflächen, siehe Dachfirst eine Reihe von Gipfeln eines Gebirges, siehe Gebirgskamm in der Geologie die Schicht im unmittelbaren Kontakt zum Bezugshorizont, siehe Hangendes im Bergbau für das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • first — [fʉrst] adj. [ME < OE fyrst, lit., foremost, superl. of fore, before (see FORE), akin to OHG furist, Ger fürst, prince, lit., foremost < IE base * per , beyond > L prae, before, Gr para, beside, beyond] 1. preceding all others in a… …   English World dictionary

  • first — I (earlier) adjective aboriginal, anterior, earlier, earliest, embryonic, inaugural, incipient, introductory, previous, primeval, primitive, prior associated concepts: at first impression, first lien, first reading, first stages of litigation, on …   Law dictionary

  • first — (adj., adv.) O.E. fyrst foremost, superlative of FORE (Cf. fore); from P.Gmc. *furisto (Cf. O.S. fuirst first, O.H.G. furist, O.N. fyrstr, Dan. fèrste, O.Fris. ferist, M.Du. vorste prince, Du. vors …   Etymology dictionary

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