Elementary - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌelɪˈmentri|  American pronunciation of the word elementary
Brit.  |ɛlɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri|  British pronunciation of the word elementary


- easy and not involved or complicated(syn: simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic)

an elementary problem in statistics
elementary, my dear Watson

- of or being the essential or basic part(syn: basal, elemental, primary)

an elementary need for love and nurturing


He is lacking even the most elementary notions of fairness.

The researchers made an elementary error.

He has an elementary understanding of calculus.

You've made a very elementary mistake.

I'm only familiar with the subject at an elementary level.

I know a little elementary science.

an elementary need for love and nurturing

The town is raising money for the elementary school.

This new theory could cause a revolution in elementary education.

The school has courses for elementary, intermediate, and advanced students.

...got a job as the night janitor at the elementary school...

...shocked by the news that his chief tormentor from elementary school had committed suicide at the age of 30...

...the vicinity of the town's only elementary school was one reason why the young couple bought the house...

Very few could pass even the most elementary examination.

children in the advanced classes in elementary school read far above grade average

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