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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Movement away from Libor depends largely on the viability of an alternative reference rate to replace it. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Global Regulators Push for Faster Transition Away From Libor," 12 July 2018 Audrey travelled the world with her husband Keith largely on cruise ships and with her closest friends Dixie and Gordon Losey and Arthur and Esther Gatzuras., "Keith and Audrey Dubay," 12 July 2018 The $34 billion round imposed on July 6 focused largely on goods that businesses purchase, which do not typically appear on store shelves, such as aircraft parts and industrial machinery. New York Times, "Trade War With China in Aisle 12," 12 July 2018 Slugger Kris Bryant concurred with Maddon’s concerns about fatigue, based largely on his experience in the 2014 competition. Mark Gonzales,, "Worried about Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber in the Home Run Derby? Joe Maddon says don't be," 11 July 2018 At one point, Kavanaugh urged judges to defer to the FDA and other scientific agencies, largely on the grounds that courts could not compete with the agencies’ expertise. Lev Facher, STAT, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s pick for court, has left trail of opinions on health care and pharma issues," 10 July 2018 Adam22 produces content focused largely on rappers with young fanbases, likely making the ensuing debate particularly relevant to many of his more than 400,000 followers. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Are Unpaid Internships Exploitation or Opportunity? Twitter Has Some Opinions," 8 July 2018 Mr Sharif is expected to appeal, focusing largely on procedural anomalies. The Economist, "The boss of Pakistan’s ruling party is sentenced to ten years in jail," 6 July 2018 In an industry where product delays are the norm, Embraer has introduced 10 all-new aircraft over the past 15 years, largely on-budget and on-time, Ron Epstein, an analyst at Bank of America Corp., wrote earlier this year. Fabiola Moura,, "Boeing takes control of Embraer's commercial jet business in $4.75-billion deal," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of largely

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of largely was in the 13th century

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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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