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

And with that, on the eve of their happily ever after, Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox google each other. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "This Is What You’ve Got Mail Would Look Like 20 Years Later," 20 Dec. 2018 Our mixed terrier Louie happily runs off with — and guards for hours — any biscuit offered. Cathy Barrow, The Seattle Times, "I bake for dogs, and they eat it up: recipes for DIY dog biscuits," 23 July 2018 Brimming with energy, Mr. Wacky happily (and cogently) shouts about the various family fun attractions attendees can expect before taking a moment to dunk on what is surely only a shell of a man by now. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This viral news segment about an inflatable slide is an exquisite train wreck," 5 June 2018 Whether you’re currently single, happily married, or considering a split: Knowledge is power. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "How to Get Divorced," 30 Nov. 2018 Would-be migrants from far and wide happily took her up on the offer. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Europe’s Migrant Disaster Should Teach America a Lesson," 27 Nov. 2018 In the book, a happily married couple was having a fight, and in the middle of the argument, the wife playfully put her hands on her hips and stuck her out tongue to mimic their child, causing them both to pause and laugh. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Tested ‘Love Languages’ and 3 Other Relationship Books on My Marriage," 7 Oct. 2018 Divorce lawyers are in an awkward position and weighing whether to alert happily married clients with decades-old prenups of the change. Ben Steverman, latimes.com, "Your prenup might be in jeopardy as tax overhaul kills alimony break," 23 May 2018 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

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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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