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
Recent Examples on the Web The country has also framed national policy to support the transition to renewables, firstly by subsidizing costs of EVs by reducing extra costs like VAT and CO2 taxes. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 25 June 2021 And just take care of my health and focus on what's important firstly. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 May 2021 Appeasing communities, all three analysts say, will take the military eliminating Boko Haram, firstly. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Dec. 2020 Marchisio said that Beijing firstly needed to ensure that its poverty alleviation successes could be maintained once the Chinese government stopped investing huge sums of public money in rural areas. Ben Westcott, CNN, 27 Nov. 2020 Transition aides say they are focused firstly on taking steps to address the coronavirus pandemic and boost the economy. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2020 No one says the government isn't firstly responsible for their own citizens. Cnn Staff, CNN, 15 June 2020 What distinguishes this debut feature from Andrew Onwubolu, aka Rapman, is firstly its storytelling structure, making welcome use of the writer-director’s rap talents to serve as a Greek chorus. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2020 As for the consequences, firstly Dembele could suspended - without pay - from anywhere between 11 and 30 days., 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of firstly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of firstly was in the 15th century

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“Firstly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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