sig·​nif·​i·​cant·​ly | \ sig-ˈni-fi-kənt-lē How to pronounce significantly (audio) \

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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Passage of the national anthem bill could open up the floodgates to further legislative efforts long opposed in Hong Kong, including national security legislation that could significantly increase Beijing’s sway over the territory. Violet Law, The Seattle Times, "Hong Kong’s legislature takes up China national anthem bill," 23 Jan. 2019 Missuna didn’t have visitor numbers to share yet, but says web traffic has increased significantly since the exhibition started. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Open houses become real-time design museums in Sweden," 7 Nov. 2018 Scheduling difficulties were exacerbated by budget cuts, and the Giants had a game scheduled for July 5, which would have significantly increased cleanup costs. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Six decades of SF Fourth of July photos, from fireworks to fog-outs," 4 July 2018 According to a 2013 study, having the humidity levels above 40 percent significantly decreases the power of the flu virus. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Want to Avoid the Flu This Season? Buy a House Plant," 26 Feb. 2019 That number should grow pretty significantly this week, as Terry partners with a growing list of designers in New York and in Paris. Emily Farra, Vogue, "You Can Win Tickets to Fashion Week by Donating to Your Favorite Designer’s Charity of Choice," 4 Feb. 2019 But the 12 who didn’t reported that their symptoms had significantly improved. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "8 of the Best Weed Vaporizers for the Total Beginner," 13 Dec. 2018 Those checks, which focused on apartments with children under 6 where inspections are required under city law, are now set to be significantly expanded. New York Times, "Mayor Vows to ‘Eradicate’ Lead From New York City Housing Projects," 10 July 2018 The Obama administration reacted by significantly expanding family detention, expediting the deportation of families apprehended crossing the border. NBC News, "Separated from son, one migrant mom takes on the feds," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of significantly

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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