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  1. first, at first, right away
  2. primarily
  3. for one thing
  4. Used to add annoyed emphasis, particularly to a refusal.
    J'irai pas d'abord!—I won't go then!
  5. (archaic or regional) Immediately.
  6. (Quebec) in that case, then, if that is so
    Okay, d'abord.
    Okay, then.
    D'abord, pourquoi tu es toujours là?
    In that case, why are you still here?

Usage notesEdit

  • Usually this adverb is used to mark the first item in importance in a logical or temporal enumeration.

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