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mainly

[ meyn-lee ]
/ ˈmeɪn li /
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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.

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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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