wild·​ly | \ ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-lē How to pronounce wildly (audio) \

Definition of wildly

1 : in a wild manner was talking wildly
2 : extremely sense 2 wildly popular wildly enthusiastic

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Examples of wildly in a Sentence

He was waving his arms wildly. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about seeing them.

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Originally listed in 2014 with a wildly ambitious $9.5 million price tag, the home has undergone several price drops over the years looking for a buyer. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury honeymoon crash pad of Elvis and Priscilla Presley wants $3.2M," 16 Oct. 2018 One thing that’s ever present in the footage is just this incredible companionship and friendship of doing something wildly ambitious with their tribe of people. Eric Johnson, Recode, "General Magic tried to invent a smartphone in the 1990s. This is why it failed.," 30 July 2018 That wasn’t nearly enough for its wildly ambitious founder, Jeff Bezos. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "18 Biographies of the Most Successful People in Business," 22 June 2018 That’s a wildly ambitious stance, but not a soul shouts him down, for this team is built to last. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Bay Area pantheon of champions, Warriors are right at home," 10 June 2018 But Kirsten, who was born in downstate Belleville and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., enjoys creating wildly ambitious tasks for herself, then going at them hammer and tongs. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Joan of Arc lives anew, reimagined in Amy Beth Kirsten's 'Savior'," 27 Mar. 2018 There’s nothing like wildly painful leg cramps to jolt you awake in the middle of the night. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Make Sleep More Comfortable When You’re Pregnant," 31 Jan. 2019 Prices at hospitals vary wildly, sometimes even in the same ZIP code. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Same cancer, worse results and twice the cost in the US," 1 June 2018 Critics of teachers unions have called ratings wildly inflated, a point the governor himself made four years ago. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York Lawmakers Pass Bill to Drop Student Test Scores From Teacher Reviews," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of wildly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wildly

: in an uncontrolled or excited way : in a wild way
: very or extremely

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to boil down or concentrate

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