large, largely
Large is used as an adverb with the verbs bulk and loom and in the phrase by and large. Otherwise largely is the normal adverb and means ‘to a large extent’ (His failure was largely due to laziness).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • largely — largely, greatly, mostly, chiefly, mainly, principally, generally are often interchanged, but they are capable of being used with explicitness even though they basically agree in meaning. Largely stresses quantity or extent; it usually connotes… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Largely — Large ly, adv. In a large manner. Dryden. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • largely — (adv.) c.1200, liberally, generously, bountifully; also in large measure; abundantly, from LARGE (Cf. large) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning extensively, to a great extent is c.1400 …   Etymology dictionary

  • largely — [adv] to a great extent abundantly, as a rule, broadly, by and large, chiefly, commodiously, comprehensively, considerably, copiously, expansively, extensively, extravagantly, generally, generously, grandly, immoderately, imposingly, in a big way …   New thesaurus

  • largely — ► ADVERB ▪ on the whole; mostly …   English terms dictionary

  • largely — [lärj′lē] adv. 1. much; in great amounts 2. for the most part; mainly …   English World dictionary

  • largely — [[t]lɑ͟ː(r)ʤli[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v, ADV with cl/group You use largely to say that a statement is not completely true but is mostly true. The fund is largely financed through government borrowing... I largely work with people who… …   English dictionary

  • largely — /lahrj lee/, adv. 1. to a great extent; in great part; generally; chiefly: The plan depends largely on his willingness to cooperate. That is largely incorrect. 2. in great quantity; much. [1175 1225; ME; see LARGE, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • largely — adverb /ˈlɑrdʒli,ˈlaːdʒ.li,ˈlɑːdʒ.li,ˈlɑɹdʒ.li/ a) In a widespread or large manner. They were largely successful in their efforts. b) For the most part; mainly or chiefly. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what …   Wiktionary

  • largely — adv. Largely is used with these adjectives: ↑absent, ↑academic, ↑accurate, ↑anonymous, ↑autonomous, ↑barren, ↑bogus, ↑ceremonial, ↑complete, ↑composed, ↑concentrated, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

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