vast·​ly | \ ˈvast-lē How to pronounce vastly (audio) \

Definition of vastly

: to a very great or vast degree or extent : exceedingly two people with vastly different tastes a vastly more powerful bomb But bluff and bravado … won against potential enemies who vastly outnumbered him.— David Gilmour It was the most eclectic—yet also vastly entertaining—evening of dance I have seen in a long time.— Rita Felciano

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Recent Examples on the Web Analysts have said a call-up of reservists by Russia could vastly alter the balance in the war but could also come with political consequences for President Vladimir Putin’s government. Yuras Karmanau,, 27 June 2022 When Tesla awarded Elon Musk a multibillion-dollar pay package in 2018, the landmark deal helped to vastly increase the potential compensation of the chief executives at many of America’s biggest public companies. New York Times, 25 June 2022 The jobless rate is historically low and the number of job openings is vastly higher than the number of people searching for work. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 23 June 2022 Three floors below at the hospital, 15-year-old Anastasia Pryhoda describes a vastly different experience, and a precocious ability to cope. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2022 The vastly different experiences illustrate the unintended consequences of a $178 billion bailout that Congress dumped into the national health-care system at the start of the pandemic in an urgent attempt to keep hospitals and doctors afloat. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 The once over-the-top criticisms over the prequels have vastly subsided, and the films are now largely enjoyed by fans. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 And Tesla EVs are vastly more expensive on average. Jon Markman, Forbes, 15 June 2022 These Avs are vastly superior to the 2020 Dallas Stars and the 2021 Canadiens, the teams the Lightning beat to win their last two Stanley Cups. Michael Arace, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vastly

1598, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2022

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“Vastly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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