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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They were originally considered missing persons and only became suspects later. Washington Post, "Canada police: 2 teen fugitives took their own lives," 13 Aug. 2019 But in Florida, where the pythons were originally imported as pets, officials are scrambling to keep 20-foot, 200-pound snakes from decimating local animal populations. Marion Renault, New York Times, "This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.," 13 Aug. 2019 They were originally considered missing persons and only became suspects later. Rob Gillies, Anchorage Daily News, "Canadian teen murder suspects committed suicide in wilderness, police say," 13 Aug. 2019 The Hollywood Reporter said the studio was worried that the film, which was originally titled Red State vs. Blue State, would appear exploitative, even though it was intended as a satire. David Sims, The Atlantic, "How The Hunt Became a Political Rorschach Test," 13 Aug. 2019 The financing structure for the projects may also change; the district had originally considered a power purchase agreement, in which the solar installer would own the equipment, and the district would buy energy from that provider. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad schools converting to solar power," 12 Aug. 2019 After originally committing to the Wolverines following a visit for the SMU game, Hill flipped his commitment to the Crimson Tide in December — only to sign with Michigan on the first day of the early signing period on Dec. 19. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Daxton Hill already a 'helluva athlete' at safety in fall camp," 12 Aug. 2019 The 20-year veteran was originally charged with forcible rape. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Sex Crimes Detective Who Raped Teen Victim While Investigating Her Case Gets 3 Years in Prison," 12 Aug. 2019 The Burevestnik's propulsion is, according to Novaya Gazeta and other sources, a nuclear scramjet much like that originally envisioned for the US military's SLAM program of the early 1960s. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile blows up, creating “mini-Chernobyl”," 12 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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