originally

adverb
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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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 Then, to his great surprise, someone working an Anchorage School District vaccination clinic not originally scheduled for seniors called him and told them both to come in right away. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Things came at everybody really fast’: The sometimes rocky path of Alaska’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout," 10 Jan. 2021 Both teams wanted this, a nonconference game originally scheduled for December but made up Saturday night in Elyria. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Second chances push Bay past Elyria, 56-52, behind Ashton Price’s 20 points," 9 Jan. 2021 Last year, the 26th Annual SAG Awards were originally scheduled for Jan. 26, 2020. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Grammys’ Rescheduled Date Conflicts With Screen Actors Guild Awards," 6 Jan. 2021 The turnout underscored the momentum generated by Hong Kong’s historic protest movement, on which the pro-democracy opposition was hoping to capitalize in a Legislative Council election originally scheduled for September. Fortune, "Hong Kong arrests American lawyer in latest round-up of opposition figures," 6 Jan. 2021 The turnout underscored the momentum generated by Hong Kong’s historic protest movement, on which the pro-democracy opposition was hoping to capitalize in a Legislative Council election originally scheduled for September. Iain Marlow, Time, "Hong Kong Police Arrest 50, Including Opposition Politicians, in Massive National Security Law Sweep," 6 Jan. 2021 Music's biggest awards show, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, will no longer take place this month due to rising COVID-19 cases in California. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Grammys postpone awards show over COVID-19 concerns," 5 Jan. 2021 The app will host a new virtual parade every Sunday through Feb. 14, when Bacchus’ parade was originally scheduled to roll. Matt Haines, NOLA.com, "New Orleans' plans for an unusual Mardi Gras take shape," 4 Jan. 2021 The festival, in its ninth year, was originally scheduled for Oct. 17-18 at Pompano Beach Community Park. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Brazilian Festival sues for $1 million after shutdown in Pompano for COVID-19," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Originally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originally. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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originally

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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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