main·​ly | \ ˈmān-lē How to pronounce mainly (audio) \

Definition of mainly

1 obsolete : in a forceful manner
2 : for the most part : chiefly

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Examples of mainly in a Sentence

you mainly need to focus on improving your golf swing

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Laureate, an international network of degree-granting higher education institutions, has about 850,000 students enrolled at 25 universities with more than 150 campuses, mainly in Latin America. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Laureate Education sells two universities for $908 million," 3 June 2019 They’re made mainly of plywood, covered sparingly with handholds like those at a climbing gym. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Biggest Ice-Climbing Wall in American History," 23 Feb. 2019 In fact, by design, the Council—composed mainly of journalism veterans—only convenes when there are disputes, and there have yet to be any. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 When asked by the Guardian about why people weren’t getting vaccinated, experts in England spoke mainly of an increasingly strapped and fragmented National Health Service, the country’s public health system. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Measles cases have hit a record high in Europe. Blame austerity.," 24 Sep. 2018 The Gothic-style cathedral where the theft took place is the burial site for Sweden's 17th century royals, built mainly of red bricks, and belongs to the Lutheran church. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Swedish crown jewels stolen from 900-year-old church by speedboat-driving thieves," 1 Aug. 2018 Portland cement is produced in large part with limestone, a type of rock that's composed mainly of a chemical compound called calcium carbonate. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Cement Producers Are Developing a Plan to Reduce CO2 Emissions," 9 July 2018 Its sidewalk views are mainly of a real estate agency and a men’s suit shop. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 Each group offers a gathering space where men, mainly of retirement age, can chat, but the main goal is to create connections and a sense of community, organizers said. Dawn Fallik, Washington Post, "What to do about lonely older men? Put them to work.," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of mainly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mainly was in the 13th century

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