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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Recent Examples on the Web While migration from the islands to the United States has been increasing, thanks largely to remittances from family members who are already here, much of the population that wants to migrate cannot afford a plane ticket. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change," 10 Jan. 2020 The drop is largely driven by progress against lung cancer, though the most rapid declines in the report occurred in melanoma. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "U.S. Cancer Death Rate Drops by Largest Amount on Record," 8 Jan. 2020 But FitSmallBusiness ranked Alabama last for 2020, largely because of certain factors that weren’t part of the 2019 study. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama ranks last in nation for female entrepreneurs," 7 Jan. 2020 The profit per scooter is incredibly small, largely because of the cost of sending those trucks out to recharge them. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "This time, for sure! Ars Technica’s 2020 Deathwatch," 2 Jan. 2020 Experts agree that these climate consequences are largely being driven by human activities, particularly those that cause the emission of greenhouse gases. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Moscow Brought in Fake Snow for New Year’s Eve Festivities to Counter an Unseasonably Warm December," 1 Jan. 2020 Thus, the price of safe assets are largely driven by the fear that risky assets won’t deliver. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Supposedly “risk free” assets are looking awfully risky," 29 Dec. 2019 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 You See the Same Women in All Those Hallmark Christmas Movies," 25 Dec. 2019 Barbour: There was a large increase in turnout in 2018, largely driven by Liberal funding of African-American registration. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, "Republicans Have No Brand Problem," 19 Dec. 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Largely.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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