mainly

[ meyn-lee ]
/ ˈmeɪn li /

adverb

chiefly; principally; for the most part; in the main; to the greatest extent: Our success was due mainly to your efforts. The audience consisted mainly of students.
Obsolete. greatly; mightily; abundantly.

Nearby words

  1. mainland,
  2. mainland china,
  3. mainlander,
  4. mainline,
  5. mainliner,
  6. mainmast,
  7. mainour,
  8. mains,
  9. mainsail,
  10. mainsheet

Origin of mainly

First recorded in 1225–75, mainly is from the Middle English word maynliche, maynly. See main1, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for mainly

mainly

/ (ˈmeɪnlɪ) /

adverb

for the most part; to the greatest extent; principally
obsolete strongly; very much
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Word Origin and History for mainly

mainly

adv.

late 13c., "vigorously," from main (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "especially" is from c.1400; that of "for the most part" is from 1660s.

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