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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American television has always, mostly, been forgettable by design. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 On the topic of the Varchie breakup, KJ Apa has seemed mostly unconcerned. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Watch Veronica and Reggie Embrace in New "Riverdale" Season 3 Part 2 Trailer," 9 Jan. 2019 Research on interval eating is limited, and has mostly been performed on animals, Harris-Pincus says. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 Regardless, Margaret has done some singing before, mostly associated with her comedy (like in the video below). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "We Swear This Theory About Who the Poodle Is on 'The Masked Singer' Is Right," 23 Jan. 2019 Tesla-driving people, mostly—now have access to a safer, more efficient route to work thanks to the bridge. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "We don’t need more dedicated places where cars can go fast," 20 Dec. 2018 Nelson, who has remained relatively popular and mostly avoids the partisan fray in Washington, countered by linking Scott as closely as possible with Trump and hitting the familiar points in his biography, such as his flight to space. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Republican Rick Scott appears to win Florida Senate race, defeating incumbent Bill Nelson — but recount possible," 7 Nov. 2018 The idea of a crossover has been (mostly) abandoned, though Sabrina and Archie do come from the same comic universe and live in neighboring towns. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Almost Made Sabrina a Season 1 Villain," 4 Oct. 2018 From then on, the rotary was reserved mostly for niche lightweight sports cars and luxury grand tourers, until Mazda disappointed Wankel lovers everywhere by stopping production after 2012. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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