first·​ly | \ ˈfərst-lē How to pronounce firstly (audio) \

Definition of firstly

: in the first place : first

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Examples of firstly in a Sentence

firstly, gather all the ingredients together

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The Blues were knocked out 4-1 on aggregate by the Spanish side, firstly drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge then losing 3-0 away on Barca's home ground., "Chelsea Submit Official Complaint to UEFA Following Distasteful Treatment of Their Fans in Barcelona," 13 Apr. 2018 West Brom almost completed a dramatic and late comeback, firstly when Kolarov accidentally kicked the ball against Costel Pantillimon for an own-goal., "Man City vs West Brom Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 30 Jan. 2018 And the reason why is because, firstly, the traditional left-right divide doesn’t define American politics anymore. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Can Abdul El-Sayed Pull Off the Next Big Progressive Midterm Upset in Michigan?," 1 Aug. 2018 The Castell is successful when two conditions are met: firstly, a child called an enxaneta scurries up to the top, raises four fingers—representing the stripes on the Catalan flag—and then descends the other side. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 Brighton were fortunate to survive two early penalty shouts as firstly Shane Duffy handled a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross before the Irishman clattered into Salah. Chris Brereton,, "Liverpool clinch Champions League spot with thrashing of Brighton," 13 May 2018 For example, individuals with physical impairment often wear tracksuits for comfort and thus suffer from double discrimination: firstly, because of their disability, and secondly, because of the way they are dressed. Lauren Sharkey, The Cut, "Fashion Psychology Now Has Its Own Magazine," 11 May 2018 Over and over, Nixon was described firstly as an actress on the iconic show (which ended its TV run 14 years ago). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon Is Not Just Another Trumpian Celebrity Running for Office," 20 Mar. 2018 Pogba was in fine form on Monday night, firstly providing Antonio Valencia with the ball for United's opening goal, and then setting up Anthony Martial with a brilliant no look pass for their second., "Impressive Stat Shows Just How Influential Pogba Has Been for Man Utd This Season," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of firstly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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