large·​ly | \ˈlärj-lē \

Definition of largely 

: in a large manner especially : to a large extent : mostly, primarily words largely unknown a decade ago

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Examples of largely in a Sentence

The story is largely true. He is largely responsible for the problem. The economy is based largely on farming.
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In addition to attracting talent from Europe and the U.S. to Tokyo, the festival was largely intended to raise awareness within Japan—a country that lacks a strong market for contemporary design. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 Every year, some 700,000 deaths are attributed to pathogens that are resistant to penicillin and other drugs designed to kill them — largely in response to overprescription and careless disposal. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 But despite the Fantastic Beasts sequel focusing largely on young versions of Dumbledore and Grindelwald, the movie will not explore Dumbledore's sexuality — to fan's disappointment. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”: Everything We Know So Far About the Sequel," 23 July 2018 This is largely due to her gender and the bigger money opportunity her clothes generate for the fashion industry. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "10 Prince George Facts That Prove He Is One Adorable Royal," 22 July 2018 The president decided to largely avoid London during his trip, perhaps mindful of being confronted or associated with a mass display of public rejection. NBC News, "Trump arrives in Scotland for quiet weekend of golf after tumultuous week on world stage," 14 July 2018 Linear ratings were down significantly from the freshman run, largely because of its much softer lead-in. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Gets Another Lift," 13 July 2018 Everything is precisely choreographed, but largely in ways that make naturalistic behavior look peculiar. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: At BalletX, a New Work Alive With Suspense and Surrealism," 13 July 2018 Personally, Snip & Sketch seems like Microsoft reinventing the wheel once again, doing away with the perfectly functional Snipping Tool to add another utility that does largely the same thing, albeit with inking capabilities. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 preview build 18282 finally supports smarter Windows Updates, new light theme," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of largely

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of largely

: not completely but mostly


large·​ly | \ˈlärj-lē \

Kids Definition of largely

: mostly, chiefly Their story is largely true.

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