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easily

[ee-zuh-lee, eez-lee]
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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.
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Origin of easily

First recorded in 1250–1300, easily is from the Middle English word esily. See easy, -ly
Related formso·ver·eas·i·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of easily

  • 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

adverb
  1. with ease; without difficulty or exertion
  2. by far; beyond question; undoubtedlyhe is easily the best in the contest
  3. probably; almost certainlyhe 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with easily

easily

see breathe easy (easily); easier (more easily) said than done.

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