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large +‎ -ly

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largely (comparative largelier or more largely, superlative largeliest or most largely)

  1. In a widespread or large manner.
    • 1924, William John Locke, The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol:
      She smiled at Aristide, who smiled at her, and Jean, seeing them happy, smiled largely at them both.
  2. For the most part; mainly or chiefly.
    They were largely successful in their efforts.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get; what you get is classical alpha-taxonomy which is, very largely and for sound reasons, in disrepute today.
    • 2013 June 22, “T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
      Yet in “Through a Latte, Darkly”, a new study of how Starbucks has largely avoided paying tax in Britain, Edward Kleinbard […] shows that current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate what he calls “stateless income”: […]. In Starbucks’s case, the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.
  3. On a large scale; amply.
  4. (obsolete) Fully, at great length.

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