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

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The contentious relationship with the human rights body had worried Alyokhina greatly as a potential signal Moscow would begin openly ignoring human rights laws set by the Geneva Conventions written after World War II. Mythili Sampathkumar, Teen Vogue, "Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina Talks Hope, History, Activism, and the “New Cold War”," 22 May 2019 This composition will matter greatly to markets, with implications for the economy and monetary policy because... Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "In Debate Over Fed Holdings, Officials Seek Maximum Recession-Fighting Firepower," 22 May 2019 One person's complexion (i.e., skin type, tone, and texture) can greatly differ from another's. Allure, "7 Skin-Care Product Winners From the 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 14 May 2019 In an interview with The Huffington Post in 2014, Adam revealed how having kids has greatly affected his lifestyle. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Adam Sandler and His Wife Jackie Met in the Craziest Way," 4 May 2019 Obviously, system needs will vary greatly by the actual game or application, but HP officials say a GeForce GTX 1080 or GeForce GTX 2070 are recommended. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 And how a person feels or acts during their bipolar episodes (and the length of them) can vary greatly and be quite subjective. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 The policies on testing and treating varies greatly by state; some are more restrictive than others in terms of treatment eligibility, giving access to those in advanced stages of disease. Washington Post, "State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure To 144,000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C," 9 July 2018 The availability of statistics has varied greatly from agency to agency, and evaluating the significance of those that have been provided isn’t easy. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Hands-free law forcing Georgia drivers to kick phone habit," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of greatly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of greatly

: to a great extent or degree : very much

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