to a great extent; in great part; generally; chiefly: The plan depends largely on his willingness to cooperate. That is largely incorrect.
in great quantity; much.

Origin of largely

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at large, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for largely

Contemporary Examples of largely

Historical Examples of largely

  • I have existed in a magic Bohemia, largely of my own making.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • After all, the conquest of fear is largely a question of vitality.

  • Bedr's story, largely false as it might be, must have a basis of truth.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Life's naked brutalities had theretofore been largely out of his ken.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The 107th Ohio, (German,) was organized and largely recruited in Cleveland.

British Dictionary definitions for largely



principally; to a great extent
on a large scale or in a large manner
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Word Origin and History for largely

c.1200, "liberally, generously, bountifully;" also "in large measure; abundantly," from large + -ly (2). Meaning "extensively, to a great extent" is c.1400.

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