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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Ryan was originally from San Diego, according to his Facebook page, and met Lora in 2005. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Family Allegedly Murdered While Living Abroad Wanted to Build a Playground for Local Kids," 11 July 2018 It was originally published on 7/3/2014 by Tim Moynihan. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks," 3 July 2018 Jones said the man wasn't originally on the flight, but tried to climb up into the aircraft through the emergency exit window above the wing. Adrianne Haney, USA TODAY, "Police: Shirtless man on tarmac arrested, jumped on plane," 27 June 2018 Talks on the asylum-seekers fleeing Central America for the U.S. weren’t originally on the agenda of his three-country tour to Brazil, Ecuador and Guatemala. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Mike Pence’s Visit to Latin America Will Include Talks on Migrant Crisis," 26 June 2018 Some critics, including the former government official who originally proposed the new law, contend that Facebook tried to improperly influence user consent by promoting facial recognition as an identity protection tool. New York Times, "Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms," 9 July 2018 Project's history The presentation of the development agreement was originally planned for a June 27 special meeting of the village board, but the agreement was not quite complete and the vote was postponed. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Germantown OKs Briggs & Stratton development agreement; distribution center expected to be built by December 2019," 5 July 2018 Italy, which receives the highest number of irregular migrants in Europe (mostly by sea), had been reluctant to accept this idea, originally proposed by France and Spain. The Economist, "The EU argues till dawn on migration, and achieves little," 29 June 2018 The district had originally planned on cutting the program nearly in half — serving 440 4-year-olds and closing the Lightfoot Center— because of the state’s rejection of the district’s preschool grant application. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan District 60 to fully fund preschool program if state grant appeal fails," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of originally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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