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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Recent Examples on the Web The pair quickly decamp to Switzerland to take in the Alpine air (in new sporting attire, of course), and Undine is happily back in the mix. New York Times, "Undine Spragg’s Life in Objects," 26 Jan. 2021 The kicker is that he's been happily married to my mom for more than 60 years. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: As Mom’s acuity declines, Dad confides in his high school girlfriend," 16 Jan. 2021 Or is this going to be one of those teen shows where even though plenty of teenagers (and grown-ups!) are happily single, no main or supporting character will emerge from the series without someone to kiss before the credits roll? Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: Reality Bites," 31 Dec. 2020 Perseus rescued the princess, and all lived happily . . . Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Coldest Air of Winter On The Way," 1 Feb. 2021 During the press run for the memoir, Tyson talked happily about her legacy in Hollywood and in Black culture at large, expressing pure joy in the fact that her work had been so impactful on so many people's lives. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Hollywood Icon Cicely Tyson Dead At 96," 31 Jan. 2021 In one scene, Martha rides a bus and looks around at all of the children playing and happily talking to their parents. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, "A tough year — and tough film themes — bring beauty by way of the music," 25 Jan. 2021 Many stood at the doors happily greeting students Monday. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Elementary students are returning to Salt Lake City schools in person for the first time since March," 25 Jan. 2021 As the episodes progress, viewers are given hints that Wanda and Vision aren't actually living out their happily ever after together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Is 'WandaVision' About? Read Scarlet Witch's Heartbreaking Backstory Before Watching the Disney+ Show," 24 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of happily

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

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24 Feb 2021

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“Happily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happily. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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