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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Newly released data from Puerto Rico’s government bolsters a conclusion reached by several studies that the death toll from last September’s Hurricane Maria vastly exceeds the official figure of 64. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Data Suggests Hurricane Maria Death Toll Is Much Higher," 13 June 2018 Microsoft is putting its energy into the faster, more compatible and more secure Edge; if your PC runs Windows 7 or 8 instead of Edge’s required Win 10, switching to Chrome or Firefox will provide vastly better security on the Web. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Stuck on Chrome? Always use Safari? Remember, you can shop for a new browser," 12 June 2018 This change comes after several customers complained about how the brand's sizes are often vastly different from other stores. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "H&M Is Making Their Clothing Sizes Larger," 8 June 2018 The politics of these three women, along with their war experiences, were vastly different and complicated. Longreads, "A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers," 22 May 2018 That’s vastly better than the roughly 2 percent annual raises that have typified our long recovery since 2010. Evan Horowitz,, "Wages are finally rising at a healthy clip — except for middle-class workers," 30 Apr. 2018 The world is at a vastly better moment than six months ago. James Stavridis, Time, "What America Must Do Now, After North Korea's Summit with South Korea," 27 Apr. 2018 My own preference for losing weight is to simply eat vastly better, but less. Dwight Garner, Esquire, "How I Went from Being a Chunky Kid to a Man Comfortable in His Own Skin," 13 Mar. 2018 Even apart from temperature, some starters seemed vastly better than others. Spencer Caldwell,, "Division West Bistro & Bar, West Hartford," 1 Mar. 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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obstinately defiant of authority

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