- ♦♦♦ADV: ADV with cl/groupYou use mostly to indicate that a statement is generally true, for example true about the majority of a group of things or people, true most of the time, or true in most respects.
I am working with mostly highly motivated people...
Cars are mostly metal.
...men and women, mostly in their 30s...
Her own twelve pictures sold fairly well, mostly to friends and family...
They have mostly invested their money in expensive real estate.Syn:
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Mostly — Most ly, adv. For the greatest part; for the most part; chiefly; in the main. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
mostly — index as a rule, purely (simply), quasi Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
mostly — *largely, greatly, chiefly, mainly, principally, generally … New Dictionary of Synonyms
mostly — [adv] generally, mainly above all, almost entirely, as a rule*, chiefly, customarily, essentially, for the most part*, frequently, in many instances*, largely, many times, most often, often, on the whole*, overall, particularly, predominantly,… … New thesaurus
mostly — ► ADVERB 1) on the whole; mainly. 2) usually … English terms dictionary
mostly — [mōst′lē] adv. 1. for the most part 2. chiefly; principally 3. usually; generally … English World dictionary
mostly — most|ly [ moustli ] adverb *** usually, most of the time, or in most situations: We mostly listen to rock music. Mostly, he avoids conflict. a. used for saying what the largest part of something is like or consists of: a group of reporters,… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
mostly */*/*/ — UK [ˈməʊs(t)lɪ] / US [ˈmoʊs(t)lɪ] adverb usually, most of the time, or in most situations We listen to rock music mostly. Mostly, he avoids conflict. a) used for saying what the largest part of something is like or consists of a group of… … English dictionary
mostly*/*/ — [ˈməʊs(t)li] adv 1) most of the time, or in most situations We listen to rock music mostly.[/ex] Mostly, he avoids arguments.[/ex] 2) used for saying what the largest part of something consists of a group of journalists, mostly American[/ex] The… … Dictionary for writing and speaking English
mostly — most|ly W3S2 [ˈməustli US ˈmoust ] adv used to talk about most members of a group, most occasions, most parts of something etc = ↑mainly ▪ Green teas are mostly from China or Japan. ▪ There were about fifteen people in the lounge, mostly women. ▪ … Dictionary of contemporary English