orig·​i·​nal·​ly | \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl-ē How to pronounce originally (audio) ; -ˈrij-nə-lē, -ˈri-jən-\

Definition of originally

1 archaic : by origin or derivation : inherently
2 : in the beginning : in the first place : initially
3 : in a fresh or original manner

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Synonyms for originally


firstly, initially, primarily

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Examples of originally in a Sentence

That van originally belonged to us. The building was originally a school. They originally planned to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead. Originally, the word had a very different meaning from its current meaning. a New Yorker who is originally from Mexico She has shown an ability to think originally about ways to improve the company.
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This article was originally published on 6/20/2018 and has been updated to reflect changes to the directive and its ultimate passage by the EU Parliament. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "EU Passes New Copyright Rules That Could Have a Disastrous Effect," 26 Mar. 2019 Most Read Stories This story was originally published at washingtonpost.com. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 Both Democratic commissioners opposed easing the postcrisis rules, which were originally put in place to limit activities by banks that contributed to the crisis. ... Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Banks Get Break on Hedging," 25 Mar. 2019 This story was originally published on December 14, 2017. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Pixi by Petra’s Glow Tonic Available in Limited-Edition Size Today Only," 21 Mar. 2019 The property originally came on the market in 2016 for $1.3M. If a midcentury gem on over 100 acres sounds like your Bauhaus dream, 297 Upper Jaffrey Road is on the market now for $1,185,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern on 135 acres asks $1.2M," 29 Nov. 2018 Presenter Sabrina Sato arrived at Hotel Unique in a rainbow number from the collection originally worn by model Lexi Boling. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Brazilian TV Star Just Took Tomo Koizumi’s Larger-Than-Life Designs to the Red Carpet," 25 Mar. 2019 Amy had originally planned on staying until at least the end of the year, but with the baby coming it makes sense to help recruit someone now who can pick up when The Duchess returns to her official work. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Assistant Private Secretary Amy Pickerill Has Quit," 9 Mar. 2019 Allen took an unofficial visit to UK’s campus in June but was unable to play in pickup games with the current Wildcats as originally planned due to a minor injury. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen shines as Calipari and Mack watch," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of originally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of originally was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of originally

: in the beginning : when something first happened or began
: in a new, fresh, or original way

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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