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 That’s mainly because its electrical conductivity is the second best after silver and 60% higher than aluminum. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The communities that have sought permission to forgo spraying are mainly in Western Massachusetts., 31 May 2021 Australia and New Guinea were once linked by land for much of the late Tertiary period 2.6 million years ago but now, New Guinea is dominated by rainforest, while northern Australia is mainly savannah. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 29 May 2021 The 1970s-era Opel Manta was mainly a Europe-market car, although it was sold in the U.S. for four years. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 28 May 2021 High temperatures will be mainly in the upper 70s and lower 80s., 26 May 2021 If the source of your problem is mainly a funding issue, then keep reading. Danielle James, Essence, 21 May 2021 The violence lasted eleven days, long enough for the Israeli military to give its operation a name, Guardian of the Walls, though its briefings to the media have mainly been about tunnels. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 Initially, Ford expects Lightning customers to be mainly higher-income urban and suburban residents who seldom go off road or use truck beds to haul anything heavy. Tom Krisher,, 21 May 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Mainly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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