mainly

adverb
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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Fisheries Agency officials said the whale meat will be auctioned at a local fish market Thursday and later hit stores, mainly in the region but possibly in Tokyo. Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, "Japanese whalers bring home their first commercial catch in 31 years," 2 July 2019 Frankincense is made from the milky sap of trees in the Boswelia genus, found mainly in wild trees in Africa and India. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "World’s supply of frankincense could go up in smoke," 1 July 2019 But the records this year are due mainly to an extraordinary amount of rain. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Cincinnati is Ohio’s rain capital in 2019, but Akron, Cleveland, Columbus among those also well above normal," 1 July 2019 History: This scrubby mesa was mainly used for grazing cattle until World War I, when the Army founded Camp Kearny. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kearny Mesa & Serra Mesa: Rich military history, and I’ll have a boba with that," 30 June 2019 This suggests they were used mainly on seeds (possibly from cassava) smaller than the cashews which today’s monkeys pound, meaning hammerstone and anvil often came into contact with one another. The Economist, "Capuchin monkeys have been using stone tools for around 3,000 years," 27 June 2019 In the past, the anti-harboring law has been used mainly against smugglers who transport migrants for profit, and occasionally against employers who knowingly recruit undocumented workers. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants. Jurors Couldn’t Decide if It Was a Crime.," 11 June 2019 The token will mainly be used in Facebook’s products — WhatsApp, Messenger and so on — but the company is also planning ATM-like physical terminals. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Facebook’s new cryptocurrency may launch this month, a report says," 6 June 2019 LaFarge’s mine is about 200 to 400 feet underground and is mainly used to produce limestone and dolomite aggregates for construction uses. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora says new lime disposal deal would save city millions of dollars," 6 June 2019

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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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