eas·​i·​ly | \ˈēz-lē, ˈē-zə-\

Definition of easily 

1 : in an easy manner : without difficulty won easily

2a : without question : by far was easily the best meal I've ever had

b : at the minimum : at least costs easily twice as much

3 : well sense 10b it could easily have been me

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Examples of easily in a Sentence

These ingredients are easily obtained. I'm too heavy to be carried easily.

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Last year’s winner, The Shape of Water, wasn’t one of the biggest hits of 2017, but its $64 million domestic and $195 million worldwide earnings, while modest, easily made back its $20 million budget. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "It looks like the Oscars are going to nominate a bunch of big hits for Best Picture," 30 Nov. 2018 Just as in the entrepreneurial world, agreements like these can strengthen relationships by surfacing issues early, revealing people’s true intentions and motivations and clarifying expectations while adjustments can still be made easily. Noam Wasserman, WSJ, "The Life Lessons We Can Learn From Successful Startups," 25 Nov. 2018 Plenty of restaurant favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Caesar salad, and chicken parm can easily be made in your kitchen for a fraction of the price. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, "9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Save Money This Weekend," 14 Nov. 2018 Everyone can easily do this with just a few small changes to everyday routines. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Is Back From Her Honeymoon and Working on an Anti-Plastic Initiative," 8 Nov. 2018 Vivaldi comes with a dozen different themes to choose from, and the ability to easily make custom themes of your own. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Year Ago I Ditched Chrome For Vivaldi and Never Looked Back," 26 Sep. 2018 All that swimming, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors can quite easily make people need medical help for ear issues, Dr. Shapiro explains. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Panic used to set in very easily without many alternatives. SI.com, "Why New Liverpool Signing Naby Keita Has the Potential to Become One of the World's Best Midfielders," 12 July 2018 Ever since its debut in 1924, the holiday event has evolved from a two-block procession of circus animals into what is easily our favorite over-the-top spectacular of the year (take that, Super Bowl Halftime Show). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2018 Information and Event History," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of easily

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of easily

: in an easy manner : without difficulty

: by a great extent or degree : by far


eas·​i·​ly | \ˈē-zə-lē, ˈēz-lē\

Kids Definition of easily

1 : without difficulty I won the race easily.

2 : without doubt : by far You're easily the best person for the job.

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