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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But a December 2014 accident caused Virgin Galactic to assume a significantly lower profile. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Richard Branson’s Space-Tourism Company Rockets Out of Atmosphere for First Time," 13 Dec. 2018 The increased attention, Coleman says, has resulted in significantly more demand, more limited supply, and higher retail prices (akin to Pappy Van Winkle). Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why You Should Be Drinking Japanese Whiskey Now," 15 Nov. 2018 Motor vehicle thefts are significantly lower from their peak of nearly 5,500 in 2014. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "Nearly half of Seattle property crime involves a motor vehicle," 23 Oct. 2018 Over the next few decades ice levels in the Arctic are expected to drop significantly lower, so this route might become more popular. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Container Ship Is Sailing Through the Arctic for the First Time," 18 Sep. 2018 But despite a fertile soil, ample rain, good equipment and adequate farming capabilities, the farmers say their yields were significantly lower than expected. Kristine Phillips,, "Black soybean farmers say they were deliberately sold defective seeds because of their race," 12 July 2018 The farmers claim their yields were significantly lower than expected despite good equipment and ample rain, which resulted in a loss of more than $1 million for one Mississippi farm. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Toothless trade resolution demonstrates Congress’s unwillingness to check Trump," 12 July 2018 The new Joker project's budget is in the $55 million range, says The Hollywood Reporter, significantly lower than the typical tentpole superhero movie. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Joaquin Phoenix's Joker origin story is officially on and fans are irked," 10 July 2018 At Thursday’s meeting, Metro director Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker questioned why the joint venture’s estimate to perform the work was 25% lower than the cost estimate prepared independently for Metro, and significantly lower than the other bidders. Laura J. Nelson,, "Metro picks a contractor to dig the Wilshire subway tunnels through West L.A.," 29 June 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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