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[greyt-lee] /ˈgreɪt li/
in or to a great degree; much:
greatly improved in health.
in a great manner.
Origin of greatly
1150-1200; Middle English gretli; see great, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I just wanted to be sure you were all right," said Percival, greatly relieved.

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  • Suddenly, however, something happened that worried him greatly.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • As a result the grain in the Egyptian markets had greatly increased in value.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • He had bought the wonderful beasts, greatly envied by all his neighbors.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • I was greatly delighted at this; there must have been a good shower or two here.

Word Origin and History for greatly

c.1200, from great + -ly (2). Cf. Middle Dutch grotelike, Dutch grootelijks.

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