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 She is mainly known for her starring role on Fox’s musical drama Star which ran for three seasons. Ariana Brockington,, "Little Voice Is Only Kind Of About Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles’ Life," 13 July 2020 What is the value of a debate that considers some human lives mainly as theoretical quandaries? Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Deeply Provincial View of Free Speech," 13 July 2020 Duda’s campaign sought to highlight efforts by the ruling Law and Justice party to narrow inequality by expanding social benefits, which has mainly helped poorer voters in rural areas that are right-wing strongholds. Washington Post, "Polish president Duda squeaks a second term, electoral commission says," 13 July 2020 At first, the illness was thought to be mainly respiratory. Julie Washington, cleveland, "A mild case of COVID-19 is not a mild case of the flu: Long-haulers’ symptoms linger for months, and lasting effects are still a mystery," 12 July 2020 The plan mainly gives decision-making authority to local school districts but also says the types of teaching will depend on the level of virus transmission in the local community. USA TODAY, "Post-rally surge, PPE stocks, antibody study: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2020 However, the day will mainly be remembered for what happened away from the field, for a four-minute live monologue by Michael Holding, a former West Indies great and now a Sky Sports commentator, during one of the day's many rain delays. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Handcuffs to light bulbs shine light on painful Black experience," 11 July 2020 Overnight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 p.m., with a low around 74. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati weather: Prepare for more heat, humidity and scattered thunderstorms," 9 July 2020 At least half the states have districts that have shut down summer athletic training mainly due to students and coaches testing positive for the virus, some of whom passed pre-screening checks. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Coronavirus Outbreaks in Summer Sports Shape School Reopen Plans," 9 July 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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1 Aug 2020

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“Mainly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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