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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To maintain America’s status as an energy powerhouse, shale companies in recent years have touted bunching wells in close proximity, greatly increasing the number of wells drawing on a promising reservoir. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Shale Companies, Adding Ever More Wells, Threaten Future of U.S. Oil Boom," 3 Mar. 2019 There’s also a lot that’s brand-new with this version of Djay, which greatly increases the app’s capabilities for those who want to get beyond straight DJing tracks. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Djay relaunched on iOS with subscription model and powerful performance features," 12 Dec. 2018 The defense paper also raised strong concerns about China, which has greatly increased its military budget to modernize and build up its forces and weaponry and has continued to move assertively in the region's airspace and seas. Fox News, "Japan says North Korean threat remains despite summit pledge," 27 Aug. 2018 Of course, that optimism would have been greatly increased by the manner and margin of their victory in their opening match in Elche., "On This Day: 15th June - Hungary Roll Back the Years in Ten-Goal Demolition of Hopeless El Salvador," 15 June 2018 Such actions can delay the movement of air in and out of the lungs and greatly increase the risk of vomiting, the journal says, with a much greater chance of death. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know to prevent drownings," 13 June 2018 Once again the club will have seven road matches in the final 10 games, but the current road form greatly increases the club's odds approaching the October postseason. Charlie Hatch,, "After North Carolina, FC Cincinnati to play 9 of its next 11 USL matches at Nippert," 9 June 2018 Perrone has led efforts in Penn’s emergency departments to prescribe suboxone, one of the medicines that, research shows, greatly increases the chances of a lasting recovery. Aubrey Whelan,, "How the opioid crisis is changing how Philadelphia emergency room doctors care for patients," 29 May 2018 Doubtful state lawmakers will come up with the money to greatly increase the paltry number of school counselors, about one for each 400 Texas students. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Don't wait for lawmakers to stop school shootings. The solution begins with the rest of us," 25 May 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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