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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Everything was meticulously labeled and organized, largely in chronological order. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018 In 2017, Amazon alone shipped more than 5 billion items to homes worldwide, largely in paper envelopes and cardboard boxes. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Why is it so hard to get rid of cardboard boxes?," 6 Dec. 2018 The research that does exist on this is conflicting, although largely in favor of helmet use. Korin Miller, SELF, "My Son, Like Chrissy Teigen’s, Wore a Corrective Helmet as a Baby for a Flat Spot," 4 Dec. 2018 According to Facebook, the malicious Facebook Pages were largely in French and Russian, and the Instagram accounts were mostly English. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Facebook blocks dozens of accounts for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’ ahead of the 2018 midterm elections," 6 Nov. 2018 The assertions in the column were largely in line with complaints about Trump's behavior that have repeatedly been raised by various administration officials, often speaking on condition of anonymity. Fox News, "Searing Trump op-ed sets off wild guessing game on author," 6 Sep. 2018 The three-mile-long Denison Dam was built during World War II—largely by German POWs who had been captured in North Africa—and today the valley is filled with 100 billion cubic feet of water. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Texas Lake Developed a Boat-Swallowing Whirlpool," 3 Sep. 2018 Paired with a long-range missile, missile submarines are largely invulnerable from attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Does America Still Need the Nuclear Triad?," 23 Jan. 2019 Despite the efforts of #OscarsSoWhite and calls for mainstream recognition of minority actresses, the disparity within this particular category seems to have gone largely unnoticed. Kyndall Cunningham, Glamour, "The Oscar Race Is All About Gaga vs. Glenn—But What About Women of Color?," 22 Jan. 2019

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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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