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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The coast would make sense: that is where the techies mainly congregate. The Economist, "One of China’s poorest provinces wants to be a tech hub," 31 May 2018 In Germany, as details about the murders emerged, there was widespread outrage that a neo-Nazi group could have existed for so long, carrying out violent attacks, mainly on Turkish men, without police intervention. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "German court sentences woman nicknamed ‘Nazi bride’ to life in prison for role in racially motivated murders," 11 July 2018 Worst case The questions surrounding the Irish heading into the fall are mainly on offense. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Best- and worst-case scenarios for Notre Dame football in 2018," 2 July 2018 The Calusa, however, relied mainly on catching fish like mullet, sharks, turtles, shellfish, and other animals from the coasts, estuaries, and mangrove forests around their villages. National Geographic, "Ancient Native American King's House Rediscovered in Florida," 13 June 2018 Today, however, Facebook relies mainly on users and activist groups to report wildlife content that violates its policies. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 More than a million refugees, mainly from Syria, have arrived in Germany since 2015 that has created a political backlash against Merkel's party. Jewish Journal, "Merkel, Netanyahu focus on growing Iranian threat," 5 June 2018 Ginsburg is visible mainly from the scrunchie that peeks out over her seat. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 Now Ghouate's village is connected to the world's largest functioning fog collection project, alleviating the need to collect water that fell mainly on women, and with state-of-the-art equipment setting an example for other projects globally. The Christian Science Monitor, "Fog catchers turn mist into water in the Moroccan mountains," 17 May 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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