great·ly | \ˈgrāt-lē \

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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She has contributed greatly to our success. They don't seem to be greatly bothered by the delay.

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His love of life and his family, and sense of humor will be greatly missed., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 How shows get road-tested, and where, has changed greatly since Boston’s heyday as a tryout town, which lasted roughly from the 1920s to the early 1970s. Don Aucoin,, "A comeback role for Boston theaters?," 14 July 2018 Doucoure impressed greatly during that time, and continued to shine throughout the campaign, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 37 league appearances., "Watford Reject Everton's €30m Bid for Star Player as Toffees Look to Bolster Midfield Squad Depth," 13 July 2018 Still, the separatists’ legal win is unlikely to greatly alter the simmering tensions between Madrid and Barcelona, the capital of the wealthy Catalonia region. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "German Court Authorizes Extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s Former Leader," 12 July 2018 The president's approach to NATO contrasts greatly with that of his own Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, ""What good is NATO?" Trump criticizes Germany and other allies at summit," 11 July 2018 This issue greatly concerns most of our NATO partners. Trudy Rubin,, "NATO allies fear Trump will kick them, hug Putin | Trudy Rubin," 6 July 2018 The lack of performance data greatly restricts the ability to measure the effectiveness of Milwaukee's districts, that study said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Campaign to terminate Milwaukee Bay View Business Improvement District apparently succeeds," 6 July 2018 Ultra-Ever Dry's efficacy depends greatly on how it's applied. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of greatly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: to a great extent or degree : very much

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