Definitions for mainlyˈmeɪn li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

main•lyˈmeɪn li(adv.)

  1. for the most part; chiefly.

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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. mainly(adverb)ˈmeɪn li

    indicates what is most important or significant

    He seemed mainly concerned about his salary.; I mainly use my cell phone for texting.


  1. mainly(Adverb)

    Forcefully, vigorously.

  2. mainly(Adverb)

    Of the production of a sound: loudly, powerfully.

  3. mainly(Adverb)

    To a great degree; very much.

  4. mainly(Adverb)

    Chiefly; for the most part.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mainly(adverb)

    very strongly; mightily; to a great degree

  2. Mainly(adverb)

    principally; chiefly

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mainly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1485

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mainly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1694

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mainly' in Adverbs Frequency: #134

Anagrams of mainly

  1. aminyl, amylin

Translations for mainly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


more (of) the thing mentioned than anything else; mostly or largely

This skirt is mainly dark grey.

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