Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The first or highest source, without the intervention of agents or media of any kind: generally with at, or, without a preposition, in adverbial use: as, information secured at first-hand from the person interested; goods obtained first-hand from the manufacturer.
  • Obtained direct from the first source; obtained from the producer, maker, etc., without the intervention of agents or media.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Obtained directly from the first or original source; hence, without the intervention of an agent; -- of information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Alternative spelling of firsthand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective received directly from a source
  • adverb from the original source; directly

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Examples

  • He said this stage is characterized by first-hand recognition that something different is happening, and secondly, the beginning of a disengagement process.

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  • Black Swan Ruling: Back in 2007, Odyssey found the Black Swan and recovered 594,000 coins weighing 17 tons I have seen the coins first-hand and they are definitely real!

  • Black Swan Ruling: Back in 2007, Odyssey found the Black Swan and recovered 594,000 coins weighing 17 tons I have seen the coins first-hand and they are definitely real!

  • I have got first-hand experience with every single feature (and bug) in their specs.

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  • I have got first-hand experience with every single feature (and bug) in their specs.

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  • WSJ's Margaret Coker had a first-hand seat to the recent revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

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  • WSJ's Margaret Coker had a first-hand seat to the recent revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

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  • Finance Minister Schaeuble had kept him on because of his first-hand experience of the first wave of the financial crisis.

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  • My colleagues at The Greenlining Institute saw this first-hand when they advocated for provisions aimed at preserving at least a bit of media diversity in the recently-approved Comcast/NBC Universal merger.

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  • My colleagues at The Greenlining Institute saw this first-hand when they advocated for provisions aimed at preserving at least a bit of media diversity in the recently-approved Comcast/NBC Universal merger.

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