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

Definition of mostly

: for the greatest part : mainly

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the weather this month has been mostly mild

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The 49-year-old athlete, whose real name is Vincent Sennen Garcia, has been candid about his mental health struggles in the past, however his condition since being hospitalized amid a battle with depression has been kept mostly private. Georgia Slater,, "Surfer Sunny Garcia Has 'Said a Few Words' Months After Being Hospitalized Amid Depression Battle," 17 Sep. 2019 Nine people, mostly former union officials but also some executives of automakers Fiat Chrysler, pleaded guilty to charges in a conspiracy that included misappropriation of union funds and bribery of union officials by auto executives. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The GM strike was inevitable. How it will end isn't so clear," 17 Sep. 2019 So far, researchers note the warm water has mostly kept its distance from biologically rich coastal areas. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Is ‘The Blob’ back? New marine heat wave threatens Pacific," 17 Sep. 2019 And eventually the billionaire’s name gets associated with all sorts of do-gooderish public endeavors, before the truth gets told—mostly after the billionaire’s death under salacious and suspicious circumstances. Wired, "How Rich Donors Like Epstein (and Others) Undermine Science," 15 Sep. 2019 The beer is mostly German, regularly occupying eight of the 10 taps, with the remaining two dedicated to American styles — an IPA and the Ramona Red ale. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Zoiglhaus brings centuries-old German tradition to Lents: Portland Breweries Series," 3 Sep. 2019 Domestic gas prices are mostly linked to global supply and demand. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "U.S. gas prices expected to rise after Saudi Arabia attack," 16 Sep. 2019 The Chicago bullpen – mostly due to some tremendous numbers at home – is out too far over its skis with a 3.95 season ERA and a 2.96 September ERA. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs odds, picks and best bets," 16 Sep. 2019 His successors mostly did more of the same, with very few politicians of either party making a case for why a strong government is a good thing in the post-Reagan era. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "Why won’t Democrats say they want government to solve problems?," 13 Sep. 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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