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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Shoppers sometimes misrepresent or omit facts when shopping for insurance, research shows, which means the final price quote could change significantly after an insurer verifies a shopper’s credit score and driving record. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Want to Shop for Car Insurance Online? Prepare for a Bumpy Ride," 24 Nov. 2018 There’s room for growth around the world, but advertising revenue overseas is significantly lower. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘You get an Amazon HQ2 and you get an Amazon HQ2!’," 6 Nov. 2018 That’s higher than cities like Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, (though still significantly lower than Manhattan). Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This affordable housing complex is a model for pricey ski towns," 11 Oct. 2018 However, the housing market changed significantly and a there has been a large influx of homes in that area. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville answering demand for pickleball with new courts at Nike Complex, Southwest Park," 14 July 2018 Shooting range would significantly change how defenders must guard him, opening up the rim more. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets takeaways from Vegas on a trimmer Miles Bridges, a savvy Devonte Graham, more," 10 July 2018 Despite its efforts, the United States did not significantly change the resolution, The Times reported. NBC News, "Report that U.S. suppressed breastfeeding resolution shocks advocates," 9 July 2018 The number of children in question has changed significantly in recent weeks. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump administration vows to reunite nearly 3,000 separated families per judge's order," 5 July 2018 Roster situation Things might change significantly if the Celtics go after James, but for now, this is one of the best and deepest rosters in the NBA (when everyone’s healthy, of course). Charles Curtis, For The Win, "How the Celtics should convince LeBron James to sign with them," 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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