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Definitions for mainly
ˈmeɪn limain·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chiefly, principally, primarily, mainly, in the mainadverb

    for the most part

    "he is mainly interested in butterflies"


  1. mainlyadverb

    Forcefully, vigorously.

  2. mainlyadverb

    Of the production of a sound: loudly, powerfully.

  3. mainlyadverb

    To a great degree; very much.

  4. mainlyadverb

    Chiefly; for the most part.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mainlyadverb

    Etymology: from main.

    A brutish vice,
    Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    They are mainly reducible to three. More.

    The metallick matter now found in the perpendicular intervals of the strata, was originally lodged in the bodies of those strata, being interspersed amongst the matter, whereof the said strata mainly consist. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    It was observed by one, that himself came hardly to a little riches, and very easily to great riches: for when a man’s stock is come to that, that he can expect the prime of markets, and overcome those bargains, which, for their greatness, are few mens money, and be partner in the industries of younger men, he cannot but increase mainly. Francis Bacon.


  1. mainly

    Mainly is an adverb that is used to signify that something is primarily or largely true; it is chiefly, predominantly, largely, essentially or for the most part. It is often used to indicate that a particular fact or quality is the most significant or prevalent in a given context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mainlyadverb

    very strongly; mightily; to a great degree

  2. Mainlyadverb

    principally; chiefly

  3. Etymology: [From main strong. See Main strength.]

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 for mainly »

  1. aminyl

  2. amylin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mainly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mainly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mainly in a Sentence

  1. Shukor Yusof:

    There are more aircraft and more flight frequencies. That means there is a lot more traffic in the region. This is mainly leisure traffic, which continues to grow strongly in line with higher purchasing power, looking at the forward bookings for summer, there is a lot of aggressive pricing by airlines.

  2. Tony Blair:

    Its a difficult situation, i hope in time it can be resolved in a in a good way for all sides. Youve got to hope so. But Im sure, whatever happens, these great sporting events will always be able to rise above politics. Very occasionally they dont and they cant, but mainly they do. And weve had successful sporting events in countries that have had quite severe issues or problems and challenges and theyve still managed to put on a great event.

  3. Timothy Heath:

    Bolton was scheduled to talk mainly about including the Asian allies in efforts to monitor and pressure Iran, something Russia opposes.

  4. Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis:

    There is clearly a potential and an imperative need for an interim deal to be concluded in the first days of May, if not within April, we are mainly requesting that the current liquidity problem be recognized as a problem of common responsibility and that it be jointly addressed.

  5. Del Castillo:

    It was very effective mainly because it interfered with people’s movement, usually they’re in a hurry and want to get somewhere, and if they’re stopped and have to show their ID and geta summons, it delays them.

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