might·i·ly | \ˈmī-tə-lē \

Definition of mightily 

1 : in a mighty manner : vigorously applauded mightily

2 : very much depressed me mightily

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Examples of mightily in a Sentence

They contributed mightily to the cause. She struggled mightily to read his handwriting. The soldiers fought mightily before finally surrendering.
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Many of those interior tenants have already suffered mightily, leading to bankruptcies like Gymboree Holding Corp. and Rue21 Inc., which reorganized with fewer stores. Lauren Coleman-lochner And Eliza Ronalds-hannon, chicagotribune.com, "Mall tenants had an out when giants like Macy's left. Now landlords bar the door," 9 July 2018 Her father also suffered mightily from mental illness. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "With ‘Spring,’ Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Latest Project Comes Into Focus," 8 May 2018 This is so different from the freeze that occurred last April, when many plants, notably hydrangeas, had broken dormancy, were starting to grow and suffered mightily from temperatures that were merely in the low-20s. Nancy Brachey, charlotteobserver, "Find surprises in your landscape," 12 Feb. 2018 Intel tried mightily with the Atom processor, but the company met repeated rejection before finally giving up in 2015. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 The veteran closer has struggled mightily to the tune of an 8.27 ERA, blowing both of his save chances before yielding the ninth-inning role. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "At 105 mph, Jordan Hicks is MLB's hardest thrower. What does that mean for his future?," 10 July 2018 Furkan Korkmaz struggled mightily for the second consecutive game after scoring 40 points against the Celtics. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' summer league woes continue in 87-75 loss to Wizards," 9 July 2018 Fish populations have struggled mightily in the past decade or so. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "California has a new plan for allocating its water, and it means less for farmers," 6 July 2018 The Indians have struggled mightily in recent years, posting just one winning season (6-4 in 2011) since 2001. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football: New faces in new places for 2018 season," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of mightily

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mightily was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of mightily

: to a great degree : very much

: with great force or strength


might·i·ly | \ˈmī-tə-lē \

Kids Definition of mightily

1 : very forcefully He shouted mightily.

2 : very much Both cities flourished mightily— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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a state of commotion or excitement

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