main·​ly | \ ˈmān-lē \

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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To try to raise productivity, retailers are turning mainly to technology rather that hounding employees to work harder. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 Farallon Capital became one of the world’s largest funds, due mainly to Steyer’s oracular way with undervalued stocks. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 To repeat a point made earlier, PortSmash currently poses a threat mainly to people using computers or services that allow untrusted people to use the same physical processor. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys," 2 Nov. 2018 Rebecca Jennings Were you there mainly to scope out investors? Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "This startup for college students is trying to make shopping for theme parties easier," 3 Oct. 2018 Pro-Trump content featured mainly on conservative pages and rarely appeared in left-leaning circles. Alex Ward, Vox, "4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference," 17 Dec. 2018 Jassy noted any law-enforcement agency that violates AWS' terms of service or is found guilty of a constitutional rights violation would have to curtail using the product, but stressed the regulatory imperative is mainly on governments. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Can Anyone Stop Our Slide into Face-Scanning Dystopia?," 9 Nov. 2018 Opposition is based mainly on concern about possible storm water issues, the building height and density, and traffic congestion and safety, said Gerald Wolin, an Oak Brook Club resident and former Oak Brook Village Board member. Chuck Fieldman,, "Residents crowd Oak Brook meeting to oppose 22-story luxury condo development," 12 July 2018 In her study, Professor Maestas focused mainly on married heterosexual couples, although many of her findings apply to others in the population, including women who have never married or have divorced. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Women Outlive Men. Why Do They Retire Earlier?," 6 July 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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