large·​ly ˈlärj-lē How to pronounce largely (audio)
: in a large manner
especially : to a large extent : mostly, primarily
words largely unknown a decade ago

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Though the line is snappy, the bitchiness, which might have enlivened the character after that scene, is largely absent. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 15 Apr. 2024 After its commanders were killed, Iran and its allies suggested Tehran would respond directly — altering what is often described as a shadow war between Iran and Israel, because the conflict largely occurs in third countries or through proxies. Mustafa Salim, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2024 One attack in Jordan killed three U.S. soldiers and prompted a round of 85 airstrikes that largely curtailed attacks on bases with American personnel. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2024 While students are likely to remain largely online from now on, Lindquist hopes the college will find new life and energy as the tribe’s cultural hub. Matt Krupnick, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2024 After their bats broke out in a big way to pick up an 11-2 win Saturday, they were largely flummoxed by a Tampa Bay tag team of righty Shawn Armstrong, who covered the first two innings, and lefty Tyler Alexander, who took down the ensuing six frames. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024 That’s largely down to cost: Grade 2 standards are expensive, Bittle notes. Sam Smith, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2024 His penchant for everything over-the-top made his style perfect for the locale, but according to The New York Times, Cavalli largely remained only known in Europe and had yet to hit it big worldwide. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 However, the free spiritedness of her music — an uncommon blend of old-time bluegrass, country, ragtime, folk and jazz, anchored by her powerhouse vocals that by turns recall Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Bessie Smith — remains largely the same. Erin Osmon, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Cite this Entry

“Largely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


large·​ly ˈlärj-lē How to pronounce largely (audio)
: generally sense 1
the story is largely true
: in a great amount
tipped the waiter largely

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