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  1. in or to a great degree; much: greatly improved in health.
  2. in a great manner.
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Origin of greatly

1150–1200; Middle English gretli; see great, -ly
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  • "I just wanted to be sure you were all right," said Percival, greatly relieved.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

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

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • I was greatly delighted at this; there must have been a good shower or two here.

  • He had bought the wonderful beasts, greatly envied by all his neighbors.

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    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • As a result the grain in the Egyptian markets had greatly increased in value.

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    Hendrik Willem van Loon

Word Origin and History for greatly


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

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