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

Definition of mainly

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

Examples of mainly in a Sentence

you mainly need to focus on improving your golf swing
Recent Examples on the Web Tomorrow night: Skies are mainly cloudy and shower chances may rise for a time. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The evaluation was prepared by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), whose more than 350 members are mainly asset managers and owners. Ed Davey, ajc, 28 July 2022 Those emissions are mainly a result of the breakdown of the area’s carbon-absorbing peat and grasslands. David Abel,, 27 July 2022 Wednesday’s rate hike won’t likely affect new-vehicle sales much because those buyers are mainly affluent customers who won’t be squeezed by a relatively small uptick in monthly payments, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Cox Automotive. Christopher Rugaber, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 These robots are mainly on the Asian continent, but the startup plans to expand soon. Gene Marks, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Known for its sulfate-, silicone-, and paraben-free formulas that are also mainly vegan, each Briogeo product is 90 to 100 percent naturally derived. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 July 2022 Storm potential tapers off near the end of the week for the Valley, although rain is still possible mainly for areas of higher elevation, according to the National Weather Service. Sam Burdette, The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2022 India's love for Chinese smartphones transcends any political tensions, mainly because they are seen as great value in a highly price-sensitive market. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 19 July 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Mainly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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