hap·​pi·​ly | \ ˈha-pə-lē How to pronounce happily (audio) \

Definition of happily

1a : in a fortunate manner
b : as it fortunately happens happily, some boyhood pleasures don't change— P. A. Witteman
2 archaic : by chance
3 : in a happy manner or state
4 : in an adequate or fitting manner : successfully

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Examples of happily in a Sentence

They have been happily married for 12 years. They lived happily ever after. We happily accept credit cards.
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Or for that matter, will Benjamin Netanyahu’s political enemies in the Knesset happily accept his elevation into the Israeli pantheon in consequence of his merely achieving lasting peace? WSJ, "Arab-Israeli Solution Is Too Sensible to Work," 11 Jan. 2019 When it was all said and done, the newlyweds jetted off to South Africa and Kenya for their honeymoon—which was beautifully documented on Instagram—and started living their happily ever after. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Chryseis Tan Wore Oscar de la Renta for Her Fall Foliage–Filled Wedding in Kyoto," 19 Dec. 2018 While the movie gave the twins their happily ever after, fans are still holding out hope that Netflix creates a sequel to follow Margaret and Stacy in their new lives. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "The Princess Switch" Sequel," 26 Nov. 2018 Patrick Jephson isn’t surprised that his former boss, Princess Diana, continues to captivate the world as a royal who seemed destined for a fairy tale, only for her happily-ever-after to end in tragedy. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana regretted shocking interview about royal love triangle, was 'reckless' at times with security, author claims," 31 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, Moira is happily making out with cute girls in Canada. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "The New 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 Trailer Is All About Offred on the Run," 28 Mar. 2018 Jones frequently - and happily - makes headlines frequently on everything from immigration to guns to opioids. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Governor candidate Mike DeWine, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones to hold news conference in Cincinnati," 21 Mar. 2018 That happened last year with Ambra, for example, which happily made the jump to three bells. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Omakase gets rolling; why not half a bell?," 14 Mar. 2018 The president has 58 million Twitter followers and a vast conservative media-industrial complex that will happily amplify his comments. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of happily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of happily was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of happily

: in a happy way or state
used to say that something good or lucky has happened
: in a very willing way

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