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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of greatly in a Sentence

She has contributed greatly to our success. They don't seem to be greatly bothered by the delay.
Recent Examples on the Web Technological advances like fracking and horizontal drilling have allowed the U.S. to greatly increase production, but demand remains brisk and the country still imports millions of barrels of oil from Saudi Arabia, Canada, Iraq and other countries. Hope Yen, Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-checking Trump’s address on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 The regime also greatly tightened the reigns on their own country, even recently killing 1,500 people at the many protests that are taking place all throughout Iran. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "President Trump's address to the nation on Iran: Here's what he said," 8 Jan. 2020 Wadhwa noted projections by the railroad suggesting that rail traffic could greatly increase in the years ahead. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The West Waukesha Bypass has finally (partially) opened to traffic," 19 Dec. 2019 Uranium-lead zircon dating has superseded the much less accurate argon-argon dating, and margins of error that used to span millions of years now span thousands, greatly increasing the resolution of the data. National Geographic, "Earth has had more major mass extinctions than we realized," 18 Dec. 2019 The addition of repertoire from the 20,000 independent record labels and distributors that Merlin represents substantially grows Boomplay's licensed catalog and greatly increases its consumer proposition, said the company. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Merlin Signs Licensing Deal With Boomplay, Leading Streamer in Africa's 'Fast-Evolving' Market," 10 Dec. 2019 The ability to attend top-tier colleges greatly increases the likelihood of graduation and being accepted for advanced degrees. Yurou Wang, The Conversation, "Large-scale education tests often come with side effects," 6 Dec. 2019 Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris support a ban on fracking, a method that has greatly increased U.S. oil and gas production. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Don’t ban fracking. America might finally be ready for a better way to fight climate change.," 6 Nov. 2019 If Auburn can do what seven teams have already tried and failed to do, its chances of upsetting LSU greatly increase. Tom Green |, al, "Can Auburn slow down LSU’s ‘video game’ offense?," 23 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'greatly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of greatly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about greatly

Time Traveler for greatly

Time Traveler

The first known use of greatly was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for greatly

Last Updated

16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Greatly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for greatly


How to pronounce greatly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of greatly

: to a great extent or degree : very much

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on greatly

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for greatly

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with greatly

Spanish Central: Translation of greatly

Nglish: Translation of greatly for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of greatly for Arabic Speakers

Comments on greatly

What made you want to look up greatly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


dull or mediocre

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!