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

  • adjective First to play in a game; not reserved as a substitute; -- of members of a team. Also used in non-sports contexts to mean first-rate.

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  • adjective describing the members of a sports team who play regularly at the start of a match (rather than being substituted on)

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

  • adjective being a regular member of a team
  • adjective of members of a team; not substitutes

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