might·​i·​ly | \ ˈmī-tə-lē How to pronounce mightily (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Likely to improve mightily here after a very wide trip in first start. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Friday's Fair Grounds races," 4 Feb. 2021 In the meantime, the Rangers struggled mightily on offense. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Kenston girls basketball fires away from deep to hold off Eastlake North, 49-39," 30 Jan. 2021 Scott struggled mightily to connect with his own staff. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is out -- and it’s about time," 21 Jan. 2021 That said, both MLB and the NFL struggled mightily early on in their seasons before at least improving as things went along. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "What do you think? Twins 'playing with fire' after empty playoff trips," 11 Jan. 2021 Challengers from the centre and left have tried mightily, and failed, to unseat him. The Economist, "Binyamin Netanyahu faces a challenge from the right," 30 Dec. 2020 Jay tried mightily to beat on, to fight the current, to rewrite his past but in the end could not overcome it. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from John Grisham's new introduction to The Great Gatsby — and see the cover," 20 Nov. 2020 While government struggled mightily to steer us through the coronavirus pandemic, the free market got to work. Nicholas Kerr, National Review, "The Private Sector’s COVID-Era Triumph," 11 Jan. 2021 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, flopped mightily (but fascinatingly) with 2012’s Killing Them Softly, and hasn’t made a feature narrative since. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "65 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2021," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Mightily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mightily. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce mightily (audio) \

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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