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
Recent Examples on the Web Micah, who had a breakout campaign as a junior, was mostly a junior-varsity player at Plant High his first two seasons. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football's Micah McFadden is the exact under-the-radar talent Hoosiers need," 21 Nov. 2020 Okudah has mostly been a starter, but he was replaced last week by Amani Oruwariye and played 39% of defensive snaps — his lowest number this season. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah: Rookie year more difficult than I imagined," 20 Nov. 2020 Wantonly stuffing workers into crowded meat-processing plants and distribution warehouses without sufficient protective equipment, let alone hazard pay, is mostly business as usual. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Hazard Pay Was Just a Brand Exercise," 20 Nov. 2020 All across Moscow, schools are mostly empty amid the city’s raging second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as city government orders older pupils and staff to shelter at home and continue their studies online. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Moscow kids get teachers on screen, but trainees in class. Will it work?," 19 Nov. 2020 That book was focused on the 2018 freshman class of women, who were mostly Democrats. Nicole Russell, Washington Examiner, "Year of the Republican woman," 19 Nov. 2020 The School Town of Highland announced the district would move online beginning Nov. 23 and stretching through Dec. 4, something the superintendent noted was mostly because of an upward trend in staffing needs. Hannah Reed,, "Parents, teachers express gratitude for making COVID-19 decisions, getting more nurses," 18 Nov. 2020 Tens of thousands of employees were laid off, mostly at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, but also at retail stores, ESPN and its movies business. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Disney+ subscribers hit nearly 74 million as COVID-19 brings big losses," 12 Nov. 2020 In August, the organization reworked its largest volunteer event of the year, Action Day; instead of thousands of volunteers filling a sports stadium to fill backpacks for students in need, volunteers helped mostly at home. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Greater Twin Cities United Way's revenue continues decline, dropping $7 million in 2019," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mostly

1563, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mostly was in 1563

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25 Nov 2020

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“Mostly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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