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

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 But the online dating company trimmed its 2022 revenue range to $920 million to $930 million, down from its prior forecast of $934 million to $944 million, largely due to a higher impact from foreign currency movements. Denny Jacob, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 As a result, GM's second-quarter earnings came in about 39% lower than the year-ago period largely due to the production disruptions. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2022 While web3 advocates push for decentralization, current metaverse development is highly centralized, largely due to the massive investments that a few tech companies have made on developing consumer VR technology. Dylan Sloan, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The increases are largely due to pricier materials, according to Ford. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2022 In past decades, excavation largely concentrated on sumptuous, elaborately frescoed villas of the Pompeii's upper-class residents. Frances D'emilio, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2022 In past decades, excavation largely concentrated on sumptuous, elaborately frescoed villas of the Pompeii's upper-class residents. Sarah Rumpf, Fox News, 6 Aug. 2022 But although some of the island’s wildlife is struggling for survival, conditions for humans are a little different today than in droughts past, due largely to a desalination plant that opened in Avalon in 2016. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The police department’s policy on Narcan hasn’t changed even as overdose deaths in Anchorage have nearly tripled since 2018, largely due to the prevalence of fentanyl, which counterfeit drugs are often laced with. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 Aug 2022

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“Largely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of largely

: mostly, chiefly Their story is largely true.

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