largely


largely
large, largely
Large is used as an adverb with the verbs bulk and loom and in the phrase by and large. Otherwise largely is the normal adverb and means ‘to a large extent’ (His failure was largely due to laziness).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • largely — largely, greatly, mostly, chiefly, mainly, principally, generally are often interchanged, but they are capable of being used with explicitness even though they basically agree in meaning. Largely stresses quantity or extent; it usually connotes… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Largely — Large ly, adv. In a large manner. Dryden. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • largely — (adv.) c.1200, liberally, generously, bountifully; also in large measure; abundantly, from LARGE (Cf. large) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning extensively, to a great extent is c.1400 …   Etymology dictionary

  • largely — [adv] to a great extent abundantly, as a rule, broadly, by and large, chiefly, commodiously, comprehensively, considerably, copiously, expansively, extensively, extravagantly, generally, generously, grandly, immoderately, imposingly, in a big way …   New thesaurus

  • largely — ► ADVERB ▪ on the whole; mostly …   English terms dictionary

  • largely — [lärj′lē] adv. 1. much; in great amounts 2. for the most part; mainly …   English World dictionary

  • largely — [[t]lɑ͟ː(r)ʤli[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v, ADV with cl/group You use largely to say that a statement is not completely true but is mostly true. The fund is largely financed through government borrowing... I largely work with people who… …   English dictionary

  • largely — /lahrj lee/, adv. 1. to a great extent; in great part; generally; chiefly: The plan depends largely on his willingness to cooperate. That is largely incorrect. 2. in great quantity; much. [1175 1225; ME; see LARGE, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • largely — adverb /ˈlɑrdʒli,ˈlaːdʒ.li,ˈlɑːdʒ.li,ˈlɑɹdʒ.li/ a) In a widespread or large manner. They were largely successful in their efforts. b) For the most part; mainly or chiefly. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what …   Wiktionary

  • largely — adv. Largely is used with these adjectives: ↑absent, ↑academic, ↑accurate, ↑anonymous, ↑autonomous, ↑barren, ↑bogus, ↑ceremonial, ↑complete, ↑composed, ↑concentrated, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary


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