orig·i·nal·ly | \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl-ē ; -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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Recent Examples on the Web

Driving this change are massive volumes of components, originally designed for smartphones and other mobile devices, that have dropped in price and grown in functionality over the past decade. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere," 12 July 2018 The sleep data came out of a study that was originally designed to examine the effect of early food introduction on the development of food allergies. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Breastfeeding is best for babies, but what about their sleep-deprived parents?," 11 July 2018 TPC Boston was originally designed by Arnold Palmer before undergoing a transformation in 2007, spearheaded by celebrated golf course architect Gil Hanse with consulting from former PGA Tour player Brad Faxon. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "PGA Tour schedule change will have major impact on Boston event," 10 July 2018 This article was originally published on December 7, 2017. refinery29.com, "Stylist Christine Centenera Wants To Change The Way You Shop," 10 July 2018 This article was originally published at Chabad.org/News. Dovid Margolin, Jewish Journal, "They came for the World Cup and stayed for Shabbat," 28 June 2018 Journal-isms is originally published on journal-isms.com. Richard Prince, The Root, "Obama Was More Aware of Racism Than We Saw," 27 June 2018 This article was originally published on The New York Post. Fox News, "President Trump and Jimmy Fallon engage in heated war of words," 26 June 2018 The protest was originally designed to draw attention to Disney’s large donations to a political committee supporting Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, over his support for the NRA and bills to ease gun laws. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney 'die-in' protest canceled to avoid 'trauma' to kids," 25 June 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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