Definitions for chieflyˈtʃif li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chief•lyˈtʃif li(adv.)

  1. primarily; essentially:

    wanted chiefly for armed robbery.

  2. mainly; mostly:

    The dish consisted chiefly of noodles.

  3. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or like a chief:

    chiefly duty.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chiefly, principally, primarily, mainly, in the main(adverb)

    for the most part

    "he is mainly interested in butterflies"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chiefly(adverb)ˈtʃif li

    mainly or mostly

    an island populated chiefly by birds


  1. chiefly(Adverb)

    especially or primarily; above all

  2. chiefly(Adverb)

    mainly or principally; almost entirely

  3. chiefly(Adjective)

    of, or relating to a chief

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chiefly(adverb)

    in the first place; principally; preeminently; above; especially

  2. Chiefly(adverb)

    for the most part; mostly

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She became ill chiefly because she did not eat enough.

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