hap·​pi·​ly | \ ˈha-pə-lē How to pronounce happily (audio) \

Definition of happily

1a : in a fortunate manner
b : as it fortunately happens happily, some boyhood pleasures don't change— P. A. Witteman
2 archaic : by chance
3 : in a happy manner or state
4 : in an adequate or fitting manner : successfully

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Examples of happily in a Sentence

They have been happily married for 12 years. They lived happily ever after. We happily accept credit cards.
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Recent Examples on the Web This season is also the time when networks and studios prepare to launch new projects, which its stars happily step out to promote. Admin, Essence, 18 Oct. 2021 On Sunday, shortly after Kardashian, 42, found her happily ever after with Barker when the Blink 182 rocker, 45, popped the question with a romantic beach proposal, the Poosh founder's famous family shared their excitement on social media. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 18 Oct. 2021 Some airlines that used to happily ship your pet in cargo will transport them no more. cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 The early results will happily, soon have an opportunity for follow-up. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Six months after Gil's death, Love has happily assimilated into the Madre Linda life. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Unlike today, though, the previous unpopular Republican president, George W. Bush, had moved happily into retirement and ceded the spotlight fully to his successor. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The two also exchanged jabs in their respective memoirs, and while Takei happily participated in a Comedy Central roast celebrating Shatner in 2006, the beef has continued to simmer well into each actor’s golden years. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 In any case, a theology where animals and people are happily reunited after death is not inclusive to all readers. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of happily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Happily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happily. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of happily

: in a happy way or state
used to say that something good or lucky has happened
: in a very willing way

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