mostly

adverb
most·​ly | \ˈmōst-lē \

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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Ping An manages more than $400 billion, mostly on behalf of its insurance customers. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "HSBC Gets Owned by Its Former Pupil," 6 Nov. 2018 This Belfair producer crafts small amounts of high-quality wines, mostly reds, using grapes from top vineyards. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 Each neuron should have an average of 7,000 connections, mostly through synapses, empty space that must be crossed by chemicals. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 In the past, the delta ecology was mostly overlooked as government officials prioritized flood controls and the region’s economic growth. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Most visitors to the Northwest Angle just come up for the weekend to fish, but about sixty Americans live there full time, mostly working the lodges that cater to tourists. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 Back in the 1980s, Tedeschi and his research partner, Lawrence Calhoun, began speaking to older women, mostly widows. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Instead, our personal garages are stuffed mostly with lawn-care equipment and assorted jalopies of lesser prestige. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2018: Where the Track Tells the Truth," 26 Sep. 2018 However, most black holes are too compact to pull such material — which is mostly gas — in immediately. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "The Stuff Falling into This Black Hole Is Moving at Almost 56,000 Miles a Second!," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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mostly

adverb

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

mostly

adverb
most·​ly | \ˈmōst-lē \

Kids Definition of mostly

: for the greatest part The story was mostly untrue.

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