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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 In Anchorage, there was significantly less violence reported in general, including shootings, Doll said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "In a year where homicide rates increased nationwide, Anchorage saw significant decreases," 3 Jan. 2021 The regulatory target the bill would set, however, is significantly less strict than President-elect Joe Biden’s climate plan, which calls for a carbon-free power sector by 2035. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Congressmen unveil bipartisan measure to slash carbon emissions from power plants," 28 Dec. 2020 Mitchell said the last week of the year will see significantly less snowfall than the area saw during the holiday. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "As 2020 nears its end Northeast Ohio will see a mix of weather in last week of year, meteorologists predict," 26 Dec. 2020 Rob Herting, chief executive of Qcode, says the budgets for his shows are generally in the low to mid six-figure range, significantly less than the cost of mounting a TV show with the same story and cast. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "From Demi Moore to Matthew McConaughey, Screen Stars Are Turning to Podcasts," 25 Dec. 2020 And with significantly less foot traffic in Bancroft Hall this year, Kwon and her fellow 6th Company midshipmen were persistent with emails and posters reminding people to participate. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Glenelg grad, Navy women’s lacrosse captain Caroline Kwon leads holiday gift drive," 24 Dec. 2020 This is significantly less than the percentage of Black and Latino people in the US: 13.4% and 18.5%, respectively. Tamara Pearson, Quartz, "Why the most lucrative tech careers are still out of reach for so many US students," 21 Dec. 2020 But the report indicated that the county had paid out only 22% of the $12.7 million it had been given by the state, significantly less than any other local agency distributing rent assistance. oregonlive, "Oregon now appears on track to allocate $63.5 million in rental assistance by end-of-year deadline," 17 Dec. 2020 During that event, Jacob learned that there was significantly less money earmarked for Alzheimer’s disease research compared with heart disease and cancer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor Dianne Jacob leaves legacy of support for Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of significantly

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of significantly was in 1577

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“Significantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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