Definition of first-hand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfəːstˈhand/

adjective& adverb

(Of information or experience) from the original source or personal experience; direct: [as adjective]: first-hand accounts of activities behind the enemy lines [as adverb]: data which is obtained first-hand from customers
More example sentences
  • That being said, I still think the best marketing stories come from personal, first-hand experience.
  • At their best, they provide an authentic new source of first-hand information.
  • Probably not people who have my first-hand experience of a similar situation.
direct, immediate, personal, unmediated, hands-on, experiential, empirical, from the original source


at first hand

Directly or from personal experience: scientists observed the process at first hand
More example sentences
  • Four Laois men will hope to see at first hand what people in Ethiopia experience in their daily struggle to survive.
  • He had experienced this at first hand, from his own brother.
  • I can recount endless examples that I have experienced at first hand.

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