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

Definition of mostly

: for the greatest part : mainly

Examples of mostly in a Sentence

the weather this month has been mostly mild
Recent Examples on the Web According to the State Police, the man was driving on Boylston Street near Park Drive on Nov. 18 around 7:30 p.m. when he became enmeshed in a throng of 30 to 40 riders, mostly on dirt bikes. Hanna Krueger,, 24 Nov. 2021 Chad Paulson runs 149 yards, mostly on counter plays designed to go straight up the middle. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2021 The results of my experiment fascinated me mostly on account of their brutality. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2021 Now, their roosting sites are concentrated mostly on California's central coast. Haven Daley And Olga R. Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 Now, their roosting sites are concentrated mostly on California’s central coast. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, nearly 70% reported systemic reactions like fever or loss of appetite, mostly on the day following their vaccination. Kylie Logan, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021 By March, the Top Shot market had become one of the hottest corners of the NFT craze, racking up $230 million in sales — mostly on the secondary market. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Grant was scoreless in the half, while Bey carried them with 17 points, mostly on his own creation. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of mostly

1563, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2021

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“Mostly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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