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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In recent days, fiercely negative ads have saturated the airwaves, transforming the contest into the ugliest in recent memory for many in this mostly rural and deeply conservative area. New York Times, "A Battle of the Sexes in North Carolina Fuels a Wider Republican Clash," 7 July 2019 At the same time, nine states, mostly in the South and West, have passed laws requiring local agencies to help with immigration enforcement, according to a national survey. Jeff Gammage, ProPublica, "ACLU Sues Pennsylvania State Police, Alleging They’ve Overstepped in Acting as Immigration Authorities," 5 July 2019 The continent’s best universities are also led by research institutions mostly in South Africa including the University of Cape Town and the University of Witwatersrand. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Top American universities are doubling down on their presence across Africa," 5 July 2019 The plant opened in 1982 in a mostly rural area that has seen fast development. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Frisco officials, residents go after asphalt plant with complaint history, urge state not to renew permit," 3 July 2019 Jamaica recently beat the USA, taking a 1-0 result at D.C. United's Audi Field against a mostly second-choice U.S. squad. Emily Caron,, "USA vs. Jamaica Live Stream, TV Channel: How to Watch Gold Cup," 3 July 2019 The consortium has made small investments into 10 startups so far, mostly in the Tampa area. Marco Santana,, "Orlando tech firms get boost as Tampa investment fund expands here," 3 July 2019 Today: Grantville is a mostly commercial and industrial area where the biggest employer, Kaiser Permanente, operates a hospital. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Allied Gardens-Grantville: John Wayne memorabilia and buttermilk pancakes are just two special features," 30 June 2019 Although critics were mixed, audiences, who were mostly female (56 and over the age of 25 (75%) have embraced the film with an A- CinemaScore and a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Lindsey Bahr, The Mercury News, "‘Toy Story 4’ repeats at No. 1 over ‘Annabelle,’ ‘Yesterday’," 30 June 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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