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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The strange behavior comes at a time when his car company, Tesla, has struggled mightily and his increasingly erratic behavior has made the spotlight on him even brigther. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Elon Musk and Howard Hughes eccentric, Hollywood-loving entrepreneurs who share much in common," 7 Sep. 2018 The 21-year-old was mightily impressive during the 2017/18 season with the French outfit, bagging himself 12 goals and eight assists in all competitions. SI.com, "Spurs Said to Be Leading the Race to Land Highly Rated Bordeaux Winger This Summer," 10 July 2018 The fate of the world hung in the balance during the Cold War standoff between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Coke vs. Pepsi once mattered mightily. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 Then there was one — just one — on its own pushing mightily through the leaves in a very unlikely place. Anne Gusewelle, kansascity, "Hunt for morels brings back happy memories and rush of grief, gratitude," 16 June 2018 The atmosphere was pure Baker Street and the audience of teachers, students and members of the Watson’s Tin Box Sherlock Holmes group were mightily impressed. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Young Girl Scouts earn Gold and Silver awards [West Friendship]," 14 June 2018 Hughes, a former delegate and state senator from the Eastern Shore, was praised mightily. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "In 1978, The Sun endorsed a dark horse — and helped him become governor," 12 June 2018 Disappointed mightily in myself, losing it when likely to finish 3rd at worse is awful. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon scores first win of season at opening leg of Detroit doubleheader," 2 June 2018 The liquidation of Linens ’n Things was finalized in 2013, and Bed Bath & Beyond is struggling mightily to adapt, as shares of the company have fallen 81 percent since 2014. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why ads for bedding startups are all over the subway," 5 Oct. 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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