Definitions

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

  • adv. For the most part; chiefly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Very strongly; mightily; to a great degree.
  • adv. Principally; chiefly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By main strength; strongly; forcibly; firmly.
  • Greatly; to a great degree; mightily.
  • Chiefly: principally: as, he is mainly occupied with domestic concerns.

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

  • adv. for the most part

Etymologies

From main +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The gameplay in the title mainly consisted of sending adventurers out to the real world to accomplish particular tasks, as well as constructing the various buildings and businesses that make up the land.

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  • Edwards, who knows his chances of winning the title mainly hinge on Johnson having a parts failure or crashing, shrugged off the qualifying spread.

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  • Edwards, who knows his chances of winning the title mainly hinge on Johnson having a parts failure or crashing, shrugged off the gap between them in qualifying.

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  • I'm choosing this title mainly because it was the first novel I ever read by myself.

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