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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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With devices as old as these, the condition of the battery can significantly affect performance, too. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster!," 17 Sep. 2018 The city’s planning department disagreed, writing in a report that Eastline won’t significantly affect its surroundings. Roland Li,, "Eastline, bigger than Salesforce Tower, wants to transform Oakland," 6 July 2018 If your behavior is causing you distress or significantly affecting your performance at work, school or home, don’t be afraid to consult a professional. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Psychologists Explain Why You Procrastinate — And How to Stop," 29 June 2018 Lopez recommends that meals provide significantly more in terms of calories than a packet of instant oatmeal on its own can provide. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Doctor Up an Instant Oatmeal Packet to Make a Delicious and Filling Breakfast, According to R.D.s," 3 Feb. 2019 The rest moved outside the metro area; a significantly higher percentage of the low-income African-Americans who left Chicago in recent decades moved to other urban areas within Illinois, such as Springfield and Rockford. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities," 31 July 2018 Kervick said the incentives Windsor Locks is offering Borgia for the Route 20 project are significantly more than what Windsor might have provided for the earlier proposal. Gregory B. Hladky, Courant Community, "A Long Island Developer Wants To Build A $200 Million Sports Complex In Windsor Locks," 9 July 2018 The loss of a large chunk of Iranian oil exports will tighten the market significantly more than expected, even if Saudi Arabia boosts its own production to a record high of 10.8 million barrels a day. Nick Wadhams,, "US pressing allies to end Iran oil imports by Nov. 4, official says," 26 June 2018 More significantly, Tropical Storm Allison, a 2001 storm which hit hardest in southeast Texas and Louisiana, would have also been a RealImpact 5 due to catastrophic flooding and the deaths, both direct and indirect, of around 50 people. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "AccuWeather Unveils Its Own Hurricane Scale," 14 Jan. 2019

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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 speak slightingly about or to degrade

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