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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In Camden, there are at least a dozen, mostly in the small business districts on Mount Ephraim Avenue and Haddon Avenue. Jan Hefler,, "$18,000 in tuition and 1,200 hours of study for a license to braid hair? New Jersey lawmakers say no," 13 July 2018 The cuts, mostly in Chicago, come in Gogo’s commercial airline division as the company continues to sort out problems with a group of its new antennas installed on airplanes. Ally Marotti,, "Gogo lays off 55 as it seeks to turn around struggling in-flight Wi-Fi business," 13 July 2018 The department's casualty list shows nearly 7,000 U.S. military personnel have been killed, mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan, in operations since Oct. 7, 2001. Fox News, "Soldier from South Carolina killed in combat in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 Snyder became a coach immediately after college, mostly in the high school ranks in California. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Bill Snyder remembers roots at dedication in his name," 12 July 2018 Witch Marks have been found carved into many old homes and churches, mostly in England. Sarah Lyons, Teen Vogue, "How to Make Friday the 13th Good Luck Charms," 12 July 2018 Asked about the figures, the mayor’s enforcement office said that 20% of all notices of violations issued since 2016 have been to one- and two-family homes, mostly in response to complaints, a total of about 1,399 violations forabout 257 homes. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Homeowners Face More Fines as NYC Cracks Down on Short-Term Rentals," 10 July 2018 Contestants, who are mostly in their late 20s or early 30s, must be carrying college debt to appear on the show. Aurelie Corinthios,, "New Game Show Will Pay Off Winners' Student Debt: 'An Absurd Show to Match an Absurd Crisis'," 10 July 2018 Inside, there was the hectic, confused energy of a field hospital run mostly by non-doctors. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 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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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 \

Kids Definition of mostly

: for the greatest part The story was mostly untrue.

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