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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The United States, perhaps very happily, is insulated from the kind of history — often a miserable history — that seems to make the Irish, Polish, or Hungarian stories seem so coherent and urgent compared with others. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Are You, or Have You Ever Been, an American?," 4 June 2019 Kaley is now happily married to 27-year-old equestrian Karl Cook. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Kaley Cuoco Became One of the Highest-Paid Women on TV," 23 Aug. 2018 As Season 4 opens, the Frasers are happily reunited and settling into life in America in 1767. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 McConico will happily add homemade syrups to the summer beverage. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vennture Brew Co. brings coffee and beer to Washington Heights neighborhood," 11 July 2018 This will be the time when Prince Harry and Meghan will wave to their adoring fans for the first time as husband and wife and ride off into their own happily ever after. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 May 2018 Having a skin-care routine is about keeping my largest organ functioning happily and healthily. Sara King-abadi, SELF, "What I Wish I Knew About Skin Care Before Moving to the Mountains," 12 Apr. 2019 Communication makes everything run smoothly and happily, delegating different responsibilities to different house members to make your home a more pleasant place to relax. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 But 27 other teams would happily change places with the Raptors, at least in recent years. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of NBA playoffs," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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