Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. For the most part; mainly.
  • adv. On a large scale; amply.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a widespread or large manner.
  • adv. For the most part; mainly or chiefly.
  • adv. On a large scale; amply.
  • adv. Fully, at great length.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a large manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a large manner; to a great extent; copiously; diffusely; amply; liberally; bountifully; abundantly; fully: as, the subject was largely discussed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. on a large scale
  • adv. in large part; mainly or chiefly

Etymologies

large +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now the term largely refers to identity thieves who go through trash to get personal information like credit-card numbers.

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  • Pancho Segura, the savvy Ecuadorian who made his name largely on the barnstorming professional circuit, coached Jimmy Connors.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Last week, the head of the intergovernmental Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, Paul Bisulca, said he would not serve another term largely because of frustrations over the state's failure to address issues important to the tribes.

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  • "Mnml" (where did the vowel-less spelling originate, anyway?) may have initially been intended to indicate a certain strain of techno that favored staccato, whittled-down sounds and a general refusal of melody or songform, but as a variety of approaches inspired by minimalism coalesced into a series of tropes, and those tropes themselves came to signify "mnml," the term largely became severed from its original, literal meaning, as though through a process of substition.

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  • At the core of this discourse is a billion-dollar industry of human smuggling no longer controlled by the "coyote," a term largely reserved for the lone pirate paid by a desperate migrant to navigate the dangerous wasteland between the U.S. and Mexico.

    Geri Spieler: Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration

  • Church groups were upset at Beck's use of Christian imagery and Christmas as a way to disseminate what they call his largely hateful message.

    James Rucker: Ministers confront Glenn Beck outside his Christmas stage show (Video & Photos)

  • International observers confirmed some flaws, but said they were not sufficient to affect the outcome of the vote, which they called largely free and fair.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • South Africa on Tuesday welcomed what it described as the largely peaceful nature of the Zimbabwean parliamentary elections, but reserved final judgment on whether the poll had been free and fair.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • GLO-P chairman Juan Nel said despite the outlawing of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gays and lesbians were still marginalised and isolated from what he described as a largely homophobic community.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Patty Griffin's new gospel-infused album, "Downtown Church," celebrates what she calls the largely untapped soul of American music.

    NYT > Home Page

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