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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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 And the unidentified flying objects vary greatly, from objects larger than a kilometer to items as small as a softball, but many with the potential to devastate. John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "Here's How NASA Plans to Protect Earth From Giant Asteroids Hurtling Through Space," 21 June 2018 But those outdoor standards will vary greatly from one district to the next. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "No, Californians, you won't be fined $1,000 if you shower and do laundry the same day," 6 June 2018 Expungement rules vary greatly from state to state. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's criminal expungement rules keep needed workers out of jobs, study says," 6 June 2018 Nutrition aside, the taste of non-dairy milks can vary greatly. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Got alt-milk? How plant-based alternatives compare," 31 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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