most·​ly | \ ˈmōst-lē How to pronounce mostly (audio) \

Definition of mostly

: for the greatest part : mainly

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Examples of mostly in a Sentence

the weather this month has been mostly mild

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Because these mirrors are so small, they are mostly valued for their workmanship and their decorative quality, not as mirrors. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "You Need to Know About Francois Lembo's Jeweled Mirrors," 12 Apr. 2019 Since the Billboard's country charts are mostly filled with white artists, some of them accused Billboard of removing the song due to Lil Nas X's race. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who is Lil Nas X? Everything You Need to Know About the "Old Town Road" Rapper," 9 Apr. 2019 Helicopter parenting has a few advantages, but mostly results in negative consequences for kids. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Helicopter Parenting? Experts Say It's Too Much For Kids," 8 Apr. 2019 Life has been bitter sweet lately mostly depressing- but THIS CRUSHES ME. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Typos are kept at bay (mostly) by ever-smarter and always-learning autocorrect. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Keyboard Phone Just Will Not Die," 28 Feb. 2019 Think loose shapes, a color scheme in mostly black with the odd, attention-grabbing print or statement scarf, some big jewellery, and comfortable, walking-friendly shoes. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018 For most people the dream of living a #VanLife is mostly a passing thought, fulfilled by vicariously living through the brightly colored Instagram feeds of our favorite influencers. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 Add wine and simmer until mostly evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Potato Gnocchi with Pork Ragù," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of mostly

1563, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mostly

used to say that a statement you are making is true or correct at most times or that it describes a usual situation or condition
: almost all or almost completely


most·​ly | \ ˈmōst-lē How to pronounce mostly (audio) \

Kids Definition of mostly

: for the greatest part The story was mostly untrue.

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