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

Examples of greatly in a Sentence

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

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Greatly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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