great·​ly | \ ˈgrāt-lē How to pronounce greatly (audio) \

Definition of greatly

1 : to a great extent or degree : very much contributed greatly to improved relations not greatly bothered
2 : in a great manner : nobly, magnanimously a man may live greatly in the law— O. W. Holmes †1935

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Examples of greatly in a Sentence

She has contributed greatly to our success. They don't seem to be greatly bothered by the delay.
Recent Examples on the Web In her memory, contributions would be greatly appreciated by the Wadsworth Public Library or the Community Pregnancy Center Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Current events echo moments in history: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Jan. 2021 While the pandemic has greatly diminished these numbers, the nation is eager to rebound—with chocolate as an incentive. Sarah Barrell, National Geographic, "Where to find some of the world’s best chocolate," 9 Nov. 2020 The scope of that job, now held by Kelvin Droegemeier, was greatly diminished under Trump. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Biden has a bold agenda, but a divided Congress could constrain him," 9 Nov. 2020 The lawsuit claims the closing of the only in-person voting site on tribal land has greatly diminished the opportunity for tribal members to exercise their right to vote. Shondiin Silversmith, The Arizona Republic, "Judge denies request by Pascua Yaqui tribe to reopen an early voting site in Pima County," 23 Oct. 2020 Like many nonprofits, the increase of families in need greatly diminished KCM’s finances. Claire Goodman, Chron, "KCM brings 'A Starry Night at Home' with virtual gala," 21 Oct. 2020 And with the notes currently yielding less than 1%, their capacity for absorbing shocks has been greatly diminished. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "With interest rates near record lows, retirement may have to wait," 15 Oct. 2020 If Bo Nix doesn’t have time to throw and the Tigers can’t run the ball, their chances of winning are obviously greatly diminished. Tom Green |, al, "5 burning questions and a prediction with a Georgia writer," 2 Oct. 2020 The revival of Rainey’s legacy benefits greatly from the digitization of an array of primary records. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of greatly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of greatly was in the 13th century

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26 Jan 2021

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“Greatly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of greatly

: to a great extent or degree : very much

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