large·​ly | \ ˈlärj-lē How to pronounce largely (audio) \

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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To the transactional President, the long postwar alliance that won the Cold War and (largely) kept the post-Cold War peace is just another bad deal for America, in which Americans protect the West from Russia while the Germans get rich. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Forget “No Collusion,” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion," 14 June 2019 Tech companies have largely been able to avoid scrutiny from the FTC, the regulatory body responsible for enforcing the law, by prohibiting users under 13 in their terms of service. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: It's time for Congress to address deepfakes, experts say," 13 June 2019 In 2016, they were largely remembered for blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: With or without Kevin Durant, these Warriors have nothing left to prove," 13 June 2019 The drop was largely the result of a reduction in the seemingly unstoppable apartment market. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homebuilding tanks in San Diego County," 13 June 2019 There are more than 80 of its kind across the U.S. in largely populated cities such as Phoenix, New York and San Diego. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel needs to pay an additional $85,000 on bond for luxury hotel construction," 13 June 2019 Jeff Wiltse, a professor of history at the University of Montana, writes that access to swimming pools is largely responsible for the disparity between swimming between white and African Americans today. Byron Mccauley,, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 2019 When the bubble burst and prices crashed in late 2014, the government largely abandoned cabbies; more than 950 have filed for bankruptcy and thousands more struggle to survive, The Times found. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "Facing Ruin, Taxi Drivers to Get $10 Million Break and Loan Safeguards," 12 June 2019 An effort to charge for Landsat data would largely drive users to free alternatives offered by the Europeans, while still costing the government a significant sum to run. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Keep Landsat data free, panel urges Department of the Interior," 12 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce largely (audio) \

Kids Definition of largely

: mostly, chiefly Their story is largely true.

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