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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The chain's collection seems vastly different than the Loloi collection, with more blush tones and fuzzy textures. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Has a Pillow Collection in the Works, and I Want Them All," 4 Mar. 2019 While Jen is sharing pictures of Devonte on Facebook, smiling and seemingly happy, Bruce and Dana DeKalb are seeing something vastly different: A child who is afraid and hungry. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 4: ‘My God, There’s Six of Them’," 31 Dec. 2018 Australians are vocally proud of their gun laws, now more than ever in the wake of two attempted massacres with vastly different outcomes: This map illustrates death by firearm per 100,000 in 2017. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Why? Gun control.," 11 Nov. 2018 The only way to hit the $1,000 target and still get the whole kit is to buy the cheapest model, which uses a vastly underpowered processor. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Best Windows Laptop $1,000(ish) Can Buy," 27 Mar. 2018 The year before, Jack Brabham, another Formula One driver, had driven at Indy in a rear-engine car, a vastly underpowered Cooper Climax, finishing an unimpressive ninth. Mike Kupper,, "Dan Gurney dies at 86; racing legend excelled on every track, in every car," 16 Jan. 2018 Huawei, and its crosstown rival ZTE Corp., have put forth vastly more proposals—and are among the biggest owners of key patents—underpinning the coming wave of 5G technology. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Where China Dominates in 5G Technology," 26 Feb. 2019 As far back as 2008, she was tipped to be the next Democratic star, thanks to her high approval ratings with vastly different groups of Democrats. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everybody Running for President in 2020," 18 Jan. 2019 But the promise, at least, of vastly more realistic and varied lighting, shadows, reflections, and more? Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of vastly

1598, in the meaning defined above

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