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BNC: 1343 COCA: 2805

— mainly

adverb
BNC: 1343 COCA: 2805

mainly

adverb

main·​ly ˈmān-lē How to pronounce mainly (audio)
1
obsolete : in a forceful manner
2
: for the most part : chiefly

Example Sentences

you mainly need to focus on improving your golf swing
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mainly was in the 13th century
BNC: 1343 COCA: 2805

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