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 The Raptors are a vastly superior opponent, but the moneyline odds on the Nets are inflated as a result of the public backing Toronto’s prolonged streak. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors odds, picks and best bets," 8 Feb. 2020 The study notes that in extreme climate warming scenarios, a speedup of global winds also occurs - but the change was expected to peak at the end of this century, after vastly more warming than has happened so far. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "World’s oceans are speeding up - another mega-scale consequence of climate change," 6 Feb. 2020 The House voted 224-194 on Thursday to pass a package of pro-union proposals intended to make workplace organizing vastly easier. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "House Democrats pass massive union wish list legislation," 6 Feb. 2020 Leaving Athens to fight an army vastly superior in number was extremely dangerous. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 If many infections go unnoticed, as the Japanese finding suggests, that vastly complicates efforts to contain the outbreak. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "“This beast is moving very fast.” Will the new coronavirus be contained—or go pandemic?," 5 Feb. 2020 Prosecutors also are arguing that no matter Fletcher’s actions, Christian responded with vastly disproportionate force: using a deadly weapon. oregonlive, "Micah Fletcher takes stand in MAX stabbing trial: ‘I simply did what I should do’ to challenge bully," 4 Feb. 2020 Biden -- who’s struggled with fundraising since jumping into the White House race last April – is being vastly outspent by rivals Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg in the Iowa ad wars. Fox News, "Democracy 2020 Digest: Bloomberg, who gave big to DNC, gets controversial boost from party," 1 Feb. 2020 Compared with just a few decades ago, vastly more Americans are forgoing the old-fashioned burial and turning to cremation. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of vastly

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Vastly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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