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easily

[ee-zuh-lee, eez-lee] /ˈi zə li, ˈiz li/
adverb
1.
in an easy manner; with ease; without trouble:
The traffic moved along easily.
2.
beyond question; by far:
easily the best.
3.
likely; well:
He may easily change his mind.
Origin of easily
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, easily is from the Middle English word esily. See easy, -ly
Related forms
overeasily, adverb
Synonyms
2. certainly, surely, clearly, plainly.
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  • Whether it had ever been painted, was a question not easily solved.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The door proved to be locked, but the windows were easily raised.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • We talked of progress; but progress, like the philosopher's stone, could not be easily attained.

  • The past slid from him so easily, he forgot even to try to forget.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • If he made me blind, may he not easily have bewildered her, and have been himself bewildered?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for easily

easily

/ˈiːzɪlɪ/
adverb
1.
with ease; without difficulty or exertion
2.
by far; beyond question; undoubtedly: he is easily the best in the contest
3.
probably; almost certainly: he may easily come first
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Word Origin and History for easily
adv.

late 13c., aisieliche, from easy + -ly (2).

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Idioms and Phrases with easily
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