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 The same concept is true with folks who anchor their retirement planning strategy to those of previous generations despite a vastly different landscape today. Jonathan I. Shenkman, Forbes, "Don’t Let ‘Anchoring’ Weigh Down Your Retirement Strategy," 24 Feb. 2021 Almost a year ago, transportation planners looked out at a city void of commuters, wondering about the fate of the congestion-pricing proposal that would have, under vastly different circumstances, also reduced the number of cars in New York City. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Secretary Pete Is Already Coming Through for New York City on Congestion Pricing," 23 Feb. 2021 Windmills in Amarillo need vastly different anti-freezing mechanisms than gas pipelines on the Gulf Coast, for example. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Texas tells power plants to be winter ready. But it lets them decide how to prepare," 19 Feb. 2021 My child’s internet will be vastly different from the one that ushered me into puberty. Tracy Clark-flory, Wired, "What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet," 16 Feb. 2021 But China has changed, and the outcome so far has been vastly different. New York Times, "Two Arrests, Two Outcomes Tell a Tale of Xi Jinping’s China," 12 Feb. 2021 Of course, the truffle is returning to a vastly different world this year. Diana Bravo,, "Hilliards Chocolates gives customers a sweet way to say ‘I love you’," 3 Feb. 2021 These studies have also underscored the importance of the environment and pure chance: Even between identical twins, immune systems can look vastly different — and continue to grow apart over the course of a lifetime. Katherine J. Wu New York Times, Star Tribune, "Identical twins experiencing drastically different symptoms," 28 Jan. 2021 Bryant, however, was embarking on his post-playing career in a vastly different business environment — a digital one turbocharged by internet. Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant’s business empire remains expansive — and inspiring — after his death," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of vastly

1598, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Vastly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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