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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Hot off the release of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google's cellular service, Project Fi, is getting a new name and greatly expanded device support—although that device support comes with some caveats. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones," 28 Nov. 2018 Sunday’s recital provided a lucky audience a rare opportunity to see a live concert in Gaza, whose cultural offerings have greatly dwindled since the Hamas militant group seized power in 2007. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Days after concert, Gaza’s grand piano seized by merchant," 28 Nov. 2018 The rate at which people are let in varies greatly from port to port and day to day. Dara Lind, Vox, "Mexico won’t let kids go to a US port. Trump doesn’t want to give them other options.," 21 Nov. 2018 Drew Angerer / Getty The rumors of sports’ death have been greatly exaggerated, says former ESPN President John Skipper. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018 In May, the Nikkei Asian Review reported that Foxconn was greatly scaling back its plans for the plant. Bruce Murphy, The Verge, "Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle," 29 Oct. 2018 Currently in its fourth year, the project greatly added to the depth and understanding of ancient maritime life. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Greek Trading Ship That Sank 2,400 Years Ago Found Intact," 23 Oct. 2018 Tensions between Russia and other Western nations have greatly escalated since March 4, when Skripal was poisoned by a nerve agent. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Russian spy chief accuses US and UK of staging nerve attack, predicts return to ‘dark times of Cold War’," 2 Oct. 2018 The evidence to disprove alkaline water claims are sparse, but evidence to strongly support claims are also greatly lacking in scientific evidence. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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