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 As demonstrations for racial justice swept California last summer, protesters complained that they were frequently met with excessive force from police who relied on militarized tactics to break up largely peaceful gatherings. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, "California bill would limit police from buying military-style gear," 8 Feb. 2021 With few exceptions, California’s COVID-19 restrictions have been largely upheld. Christopher Weber, Chron, "Some California churches hold indoor services after ruling," 7 Feb. 2021 The largely peaceful protests, which happened despite a shutdown of the Internet there, represented the biggest display of resistance against the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, since the 2007 Saffron Revolution protests. Washington Post, "Tens of thousands of protesters return to Myanmar streets to oppose the military coup," 7 Feb. 2021 Leahy will preside as Senate president pro tempore, a largely ceremonial post that usually goes to the majority party's longest-serving member. Alan Fram, ajc, "At 80, Vermont's Sen. Leahy ready to run impeachment trial," 27 Jan. 2021 The role was largely ceremonial in the first impeachment trial of Mr. Trump a year ago. New York Times, "With Impeachment Trial Looming, Republicans Waver on Punishing Trump," 25 Jan. 2021 His place in the history books rewritten, President Donald Trump endured his second impeachment largely alone and silent. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone," 13 Jan. 2021 There were no protesters at the Capitol for Wednesday's largely ceremonial session, but a larger-than usual contingent of Michigan State Police officers, many using bicycles, was present. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan legislators worried about maskless GOP lawmakers, lack of gun control at Capitol," 13 Jan. 2021 All of that was set up by Anthony, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including eight in the final four minutes to lead the Blazers back in a game that Toronto had largely controlled. oregonlive, "Plenty of heroes in Portland Trail Blazers’ dramatic 112-111 win over Toronto Raptors: Game rewind," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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14 Feb 2021

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“Largely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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