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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This vastly increases the complexity of matching supply to demand in real time, and creates an urgent need for flexibility. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Mainstream economists believe that the best monetary policy response to high unemployment — meaning what a central bank should do with the supply of money — is to vastly increase the amount of money circulating in the economy. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Think the U.S. is at odds? Consider Greece.," 26 June 2018 In recent years, the city has vastly increased its stock of the weapons. Dan Hinkel,, "Chicago cop Robert Rialmo takes stand at civil trial over his fatal shooting of 2," 19 June 2018 With new trains for the Red and Orange lines on the way, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is eyeing its next shiny new cars: a fleet of Green Line trolleys that could vastly increase capacity on the nation’s oldest subway line. Adam Vaccaro,, "A $3.5 billion idea: Boost Green Line capacity with new, longer trolley cars," 8 May 2018 The development of electronic health records during the last few decades has vastly increased our ability to gather and analyze patient data. Marschall S. Runge, STAT, "Artificial intelligence will put a premium on physicians’ knowledge and decision-making skills," 19 Apr. 2018 These decisions have opened the floodgates and allowed dark money and corporate dollars to pour into our elections in vastly increased amounts. Anchorage Daily News, "Court decisions on corporate rights have endangered American democracy," 20 Jan. 2018 The Ninth Circuit ruling is an anomaly that would vastly expand antitrust liability, giving plaintiff attorneys more bites at the Apple. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Antitrust Bar vs. Apple," 23 Nov. 2018 On the opposite side of the airport, JetBlue is poised to vastly expand its footprint and will demolish Terminal 7 and build a $3 billion, 12-gate international terminal to connect to airline’s existing Terminal 5. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vastly

1598, in the meaning defined above

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