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Definition of significantly

1 : in a significant manner : to a significant degree the salaries differed significantly
2 : it is significant significantly, they were on time

Examples of significantly in a Sentence

People who smoke have a significantly greater risk of developing lung cancer than people who don't. Another store sold the game for a significantly lower price. If you take my advice, your chances of winning will increase significantly. He looked significantly in her direction when he said that some of us are not doing our jobs.
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Recent Examples on the Web Across Africa, government numbers show coronavirus infections have been significantly lower than in... Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Coronavirus Might Become ‘Fixture’ in Africa for Years," 23 May 2020 Among age groups, deaths by suicide among adolescents increased most significantly, nearly doubling from 2008 to 2018 to a rate of 2.5 deaths per 100,000 people. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, "Drug overdose deaths drop in U.S. as other deaths of despair rise, report finds," 21 May 2020 Nirenberg noted that testing has increased significantly, which is driving up the number of positive results. Silvia Foster-frau,, "San Antonio sees jump in novel coronavirus cases and one additional death," 21 May 2020 The use of masks and maintaining good hand hygiene by food preparers should significantly reduce the risk of food contamination. Thomas A. Russo, The Conversation, "How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert," 21 May 2020 Ridership is down significantly, and the company is maintaining a freeze on hiring, Khosrowshahi wrote in the email, which was reviewed by Bloomberg. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Uber cutting 3,700 jobs, closing driver centers in first round of cost-saving moves," 6 May 2020 Perhaps most significantly, Trump’s single best advantage as an incumbent — his access to the bully pulpit — has effectively become a platform for self-sabotage. Jonathan Martin,, "Nervous Republicans see Trump sinking, and taking Senate with him," 25 Apr. 2020 Most significantly, that will come from $114 million in aid the city received from the federal government’s $2.2 trillion CARES Act, short for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which was signed into law at the end of March. oregonlive, "Oregon’s local governments need state and federal aid for coronavirus relief," 22 Apr. 2020 Now that number has grown significantly, as states are requiring non-essential employees to stay home. Alan Hedge, Time, "Getting Back Pain While Working From Home? An Ergonomics Expert Offers Advice," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of significantly

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 May 2020

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“Significantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of significantly

: in a way that is large or important enough to be noticed or have an effect
used to say that something is important or meaningful
: in a way that has a special or hidden meaning

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