cru·​cial·​ly ˈkrü-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce crucially (audio)
: in a crucial manner
: very importantly

Examples of crucially in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trees, terrain, race track seats, lava pits—these can be set into static meshes and, crucially, compressed, brought into greater detail as a player gets closer. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2023 And, crucially, the implications extend beyond chess. Stephen Ornes, Quanta Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 Many hate crimes and murders go unreported or, crucially, misreported in the media – meaning the actual number of deaths could be far higher. Jamie Wareham, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Industry experts said this week's legal verdict that the powerful National Association of Realtors (NAR) and several large brokerages conspired to inflate home commissions could eventually reduce real estate agents' fees and, crucially, lower costs for home buyers and sellers. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2023 Pretty soon other women were following her lead, buying their own walking pads, firing up their favorite shows or movies, and—crucially—not changing out of their big, comfy sweatpants. Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 31 Oct. 2023 Even more crucially, these narratives provide a means of conceptualizing radical evil. TIME, 28 Oct. 2023 But crucially, Almave skips the fermentation step in which the liquid becomes alcohol. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2023 In addition, crucially missing from Biden’s speech was any mention of Hamas’s benefactor — Iran. The Editors, National Review, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crucially was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Crucially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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