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
Recent Examples on the Web America has 1,200, mainly for intelligence and logistics—though Donald Trump is considering withdrawing some of them. The Economist, "Mapping conflict in west Africa Fighting in the Sahel has forced 1.7m people from their homes," 20 June 2020 While the protest remained mainly peaceful, there were a few incidents and four arrests, KTVZ reported. oregonlive, "BLM protests continue through weekend in Portland, other cities," 15 June 2020 Lakewood High School Stadium is used mainly for football and soccer. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood City Schools installs new $400,000 field turf at high school stadium," 15 June 2020 The protests were mainly peaceful but for the second day running there were some scuffles near the offices of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pan Pylas,, "Antiracism protesters rally around world, topple statue," 7 June 2020 These comments follow days of nationwide protests -- mainly peaceful -- over police brutality and the death of 46-year-old George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. Fox News, "Fraternal Order of Police VP: Defunding police departments is 'completely ridiculous'," 6 June 2020 Pockets of unrest broke out in a mainly peaceful demonstration against the 2016 death of a black Frenchman in police custody. NBC News, "Las Vegas officer shot amid protests on life support; suspect booked," 4 June 2020 Police made more than 120 arrests, mainly for curfew violations. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit curfew to end Sunday, but police chief will decide whether to enforce it," 4 June 2020 This was done mainly for purposes of consistent record-keeping and safety messaging. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Guide to the Arizona monsoon: Dust storms, lightning and safety tips for first-timers," 3 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Mainly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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