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[lahrj-lee] /ˈlɑrdʒ li/
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
1175-1225; Middle English; see large, -ly Unabridged
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  • The dangers to a continuation of this peace to-day are largely the fear and suspicion which still haunt the world.
  • Children, who had always figured largely in the felony of the age, made a profession of feigning the symptoms of the bewitched.
  • Intermingled with this scientific prejudice and largely anticipating it was another, a more human one.
  • But the rough wall of wax has in every case to be finished off, by being largely gnawed away on both sides.
  • Some time prior to the period at which this little history begins, my avocations had been largely increased.
  • All this segregation by color is largely independent of that natural clustering by social grades common to all communities.
  • He was largely self-taught, far from home, trying to learn the surveyor's trade.
  • The characters are unorthodox, even ambiguous, and largely hidden.
  • Most examples on mummies are largely dotted patterns of lines and diamond patterns.
  • Although its early chapters were shaped by terrors, his was largely a happy story.
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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