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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It was largely based on my own experience with eating disorders and the treatment process. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Anissa Gray's 'The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls' Is #ReadWithMC's March Pick," 25 Feb. 2019 The majority of the winners either take the cash alternative, like Emily did, or sell the house back to the developer within a year, largely based on the tax burden that comes with the extravagant homes. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "An HGTV Dream Home Giveaway Winner Reveals Why She Never Moved In," 1 Feb. 2019 China also grows its own soybeans, which largely go into food products such as tofu. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "From Midwest to Far East: How China Affects America’s Top Farm Export," 28 Jan. 2019 In this case, the bias largely went away in the group, indicating that some of the effect is simply an affinity for what other people were thinking about. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 That main plot is also padded with side plots that largely go nowhere. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018 Hallmark also brought in the highest ratings on TV for households and women ages 18-49 and 25-54 during the week of November 20, 2017, largely because of its Christmas content. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "There's a Reason Why You See the Same Women in All Those Hallmark Christmas Movies," 23 Nov. 2018 The Seahawks have been largely going with a nickel defense the past two weeks and using Barkevious Mingo in weakside linebacker roles along with Bobby Wagner in the middle. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Monday takeaways from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: Team will continue to run smoothly in wake of Paul Allen’s passing, and K.J. Wright and Ed Dickson return," 22 Oct. 2018 For this reason, cancer staging is largely dependent on how extensively the cancer has traveled. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Does Cancer Actually Kill Someone?," 15 Mar. 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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