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[greyt-lee] /ˈgreɪt li/
in or to a great degree; much:
greatly improved in health.
in a great manner.
Origin of greatly
1150-1200; Middle English gretli; see great, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Some call it excess capacity, but others say it is greatly needed inventory.
  • Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • The price of cocaine varies greatly between rich countries.
  • But pubs, restaurants and nightclubs have long greatly outnumbered the churches.
  • Plants vary greatly in habit: some are low and spreading, others compact and bushy, still others upright and angular.
  • She will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.
  • Reports of its extinction have been greatly exaggerated-twice.
  • Marine mammals are often forced to find food in dark or turbid waters, where visibility is greatly reduced.
  • Lately, microscopy has been greatly enhanced by digital image processing.
  • Any thoughts, suggestions, and/or resources pointing to such programs would be greatly appreciated.
Word Origin and History for greatly

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

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