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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The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed due to Hurricane Dorian. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Edgewater tops Jones in Orlando high school football showdown," 10 Sep. 2019 Two other flights originally scheduled to leave DIA Thursday and arrive in Charleston International Airport and Myrtle Beach International Airport were cancelled, the website said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Hurricane Dorian continues to cause cancelled flights at DIA," 5 Sep. 2019 The extradition bill was originally proposed by Hong Kong’s government in February and covered mainland China and other jurisdictions that don’t have an extradition agreement with Hong Kong. Iain Marlow, Fortune, "Hong Kong Stocks Soar on Report That Regional Leader Will Withdraw Bill That Launched Protests," 4 Sep. 2019 The game was originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Time change announced for Portland Timbers’ game against D.C. United," 3 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump was originally scheduled to attend but canceled, citing the need to be home with a hurricane approaching. Washington Post, "The Latest: Russia tweets reminder of Soviet role in WWII," 2 Sep. 2019 The game was originally scheduled to be played in Jacksonville, but was moved to Tallahassee due to concerns over Hurricane Dorian. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Florida State vs. Boise State 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 31 Aug. 2019 During the ride back, Peoples took a call from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who had originally scheduled an in-home visit with Peoples-Jones immediately following the Michigan visit in an attempt to have the last word. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Donovan Peoples-Jones chasing dream at Michigan that isn't just football," 29 Aug. 2019 Kavanagh had originally proposed going even further, but pared down the bill to ease its passage through the Legislature and help its chances onthe governor's desk. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Ducey says Arizona lawmakers will revisit laws on short-term rentals after outcry in Sedona," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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