greatly

adverb

great·​ly ˈgrāt-lē How to pronounce greatly (audio)
1
: to a great extent or degree : very much
contributed greatly to improved relations
not greatly bothered
2
: in a great manner : nobly, magnanimously
a man may live greatly in the lawO. W. Holmes †1935

Example Sentences

She has contributed greatly to our success. They don't seem to be greatly bothered by the delay.
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of greatly was in the 13th century

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“Greatly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greatly. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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