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

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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Today, the men and women who fought in and won World War II are mostly in their 90s to 100-plus years. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "THE GREATEST GENERATION," 9 June 2019 Brahms was a mostly large-scale composer who presided over a continuing growth of the size of the symphony orchestra. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 The ordinance was introduced this year after a June 2018 incident in which police were called as a mostly black group of teens and their parents held a Saturday afternoon graduation party in a local park. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Oregon Senate passes bill punishing racist 911 callers," 5 June 2019 Despite the attention and heavy investment of public dollars in combating overdose deaths, which numbered 70,000 around the country in 2017, mostly from opioids, the safe consumption spaces remain controversial. Meredith Cohn,, "Opioid users in Baltimore and elsewhere say they would use designated sites to consume drugs," 5 June 2019 Responders found about 30 dead birds, mostly in downtown parks., "Portland bans use of bird poison on city property after crow deaths," 5 June 2019 Hugs met tears when the reality of the moment settled in a mostly empty stadium Sunday night. Michael Casagrande |,, "The legacy of Alabama’s 2019 softball team that ‘reenergized’ coach," 3 June 2019 Once every inch of my body was scrubbed, massaged, and cleansed by a mostly naked woman, my skin didn't show any signs of the 14-hour flight. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Got Four Facials During One Week in Seoul, and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 18 May 2019 Von Bülow left town, eventually resettling in London to lead a mostly uneventful life, out of the spotlight. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "What to Do When You Find Yourself at Dinner With a Social Pariah," 15 May 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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