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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Although the rules were originally scheduled to take effect today nationwide, a federal judge blocked them in several states. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "A Federal Judge Blocked the Trump Administration's New Birth Control Rules in 13 States and D.C.," 14 Jan. 2019 This story originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Woman's Day. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "How the Breaking Ground Poets Community Program Helps Young People Find a Voice," 9 Jan. 2019 This article was originally published on August 9, 2018. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 This story originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of Good Housekeeping. Amy Paturel, Good Housekeeping, "When People Ask Me How Many Children I Have, I Don't Know What to Say," 26 Dec. 2018 The satellite was originally scheduled to fly on a Delta IV rocket made by the United Launch Alliance, but the Air Force decided to switch it over to a Falcon 9. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch four rocket launches on a banner day for the space industry," 18 Dec. 2018 The Gardena races were originally scheduled for Val d’Isere, France, this weekend but were moved due to a lack of snow in the French resort. Andrew Dampf, The Seattle Times, "US coach: Vonn plans to return to racing next month," 17 Dec. 2018 The hearing, which was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed after the death of former President George H.W. Bush, is expected to focus on a couple key areas. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Live updates from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s testimony to Congress today," 11 Dec. 2018 As a result of the allegation, the vote originally scheduled for September 20 has been postponed so Kavanaugh and Ford can appear before the Senate next week. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Senator Mazie Hirono Said Men Should "Shut Up and Step Up" on Sexual Misconduct in Light of Kavanaugh Allegation," 19 Sep. 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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