sig·nif·i·cant·ly | \sig-ˈni-fi-kənt-lē \

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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In addition, new demographic studies showing the city had been underestimating life expectancies for its retirees prompted city pension officials to significantly increase the projected cost of pensions in 2016. David Garrick,, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 But a nagging question has been hanging over the industry: Would banks, taking their cue from rising economic optimism and a friendlier White House, significantly increase their lending to businesses and households? Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 Winds pushed the flames west into Lake and Napa counties, and authorities significantly increased the area under mandatory evacuations to include a sparsely populated area of rugged terrain from Lake Berryessa to California 89, about 25 miles away. Javier Panzar,, "Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 An employee there said clients are reporting a significantly increasing number of coyote sightings throughout the area – especially at Hopper Hill Road, Forest Road, 8 Mile Road and 9 Mile Road. Maytal Levi,, "Woman claims coyote attacked her puppy in Anderson Township," 12 July 2018 With the player now under their employ, their chances of finally clearing that hurdle have increased significantly., "Cristiano Ronaldo's Agent Jorge Mendes Says Juventus Will Be the Player's Last Club," 11 July 2018 But those moves failed to significantly increase the enrollment of black, Latino, and low-income students. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018 Trump's rhetoric, therefore, appears to have significantly increased the resolve of Europe to have independent rockets to reach space, its own GPS-like system, and its own satellites. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "European rocket chief: Trump rhetoric strengthens our commitment to space," 2 July 2018 Since the city of Charlotte and the county switched from the small red bins to the large green rollout bins eight years ago, the amount of garbage mixed with recyclables has increased significantly. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's recycling 'is broken.' Could your plastic, paper be headed for a landfill?," 2 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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