hap·​pi·​ly | \ˈha-pə-lē \

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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Both of these run slower, topping out at 4.3GHz in boost mode, while the i9 can happily push one core to 5GHz. Richard Baguley, Ars Technica, "Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price," 17 Nov. 2018 Ariana Grande is happily lovin', livin', and pickin' it up with fiancé Pete Davidson, but some of her fans, apparently, are having trouble following their pop queen wholeheartedly into her new relationship. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Claps Back at Fan Who Accused Her of Cheating on Mac Miller With Pete Davidson," 9 Aug. 2018 Maybe one woman’s idea of romance is a partner who will happily do laundry for her. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Difference Between Rape and Flirting," 20 July 2018 However, his past behavior does not bode well for a happily ever after. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Vanderpump Rules' Jax and Brittany Are Engaged, so Good Luck to Them," 8 June 2018 But if given some kind of middle road option, one that allows them to take pride in Israel’s Eurovision win and condemn its killing of Gaza protestors, many will take that happily. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "I’m an American Jew who abhors Israel’s violence. I still can’t boycott Israel.," 15 May 2018 Unfortunately, Razer will happily sell you a slower SATA III SSD (solid state drive) in the base 128GB / 1TB mode, instead of a faster NVMe model. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Blade 15 dual storage review: too much compromise," 8 Nov. 2018 Most cities and many small municipalities have architectural salvages that will happily take those fixtures off your hands. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 Your fave vampire love story ended with Bella and Edward living happily ever after in a quaint cabin raising their vampire/human hybrid daughter, Renesmee (played by the eerily perfect-looking Mackenzie Foy). Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Kristen Stewart's "Twilight" Daughter is All Grown Up and You Won't Even Recognize Her," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of happily

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

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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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