chiefly

  • 1 Chiefly — Chief ly, adv. 1. In the first place; principally; pre[ e]minently; above; especially. [1913 Webster] Search through this garden; leave unsearched no nook; But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. For the most… …

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  • 2 chiefly — [chēf′lē] adv. 1. most of all; above all 2. mainly; mostly adj. of or like a chief [a chiefly rank] …

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  • 3 chiefly — index a fortiori, ab initio, as a rule, generally, particularly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 chiefly — pre eminently, mid 14c., from CHIEF (Cf. chief) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning pertaining to a chief is from 1870 …

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  • 5 chiefly — *largely, greatly, mostly, mainly, principally, generally …

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  • 6 chiefly — [adv] most importantly above all, especially, essentially, in general, in the first place, in the main, largely, mainly, mostly, on the whole, overall, predominantly, primarily, principally, usually; concepts 567,772 Ant. unimportantly …

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  • 7 chiefly — ► ADVERB ▪ mainly; mostly …

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  • 8 chiefly — /cheef lee/, adv. 1. primarily; essentially: He phoned chiefly to let us know he was feeling better. 2. mainly; mostly: This dish consists chiefly of noodles. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or like a chief: his chiefly responsibilities. [1300 50; ME; …

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  • 9 chiefly — [[t]tʃi͟ːfli[/t]] ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV with v You use chiefly to indicate that a particular reason, emotion, method, or feature is the main or most important one. He joined the consular service in China, chiefly because this was one of the …

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  • 10 chiefly — chief•ly [[t]ˈtʃif li[/t]] adv. 1) primarily; essentially: wanted chiefly for armed robbery[/ex] 2) mainly; mostly: The dish consisted chiefly of noodles[/ex] 3) cvb of, pertaining to, or like a chief: chiefly duty[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50 …

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  • 11 chiefly — adv. Chiefly is used with these adjectives: ↑composed, ↑concerned, ↑interested, ↑responsible Chiefly is used with these verbs: ↑consist …

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  • 12 chiefly — chief|ly [ˈtʃi:fli] adv mostly but not completely = ↑mainly ▪ The work consists chiefly of interviewing the public. ▪ I lived abroad for years, chiefly in Italy …

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  • 13 chiefly — chief|ly [ tʃifli ] adverb * mainly or mostly, but not completely: He will be remembered chiefly for the innovations of his early years at the school. There are branches of the store all over the country, but chiefly in the south …

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  • 14 chiefly — adverb mostly but not completely; mainly: The work consists chiefly of interviewing members of the public. | I lived abroad for years, chiefly in Italy …

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  • 15 chiefly */ — UK [ˈtʃiːflɪ] / US [ˈtʃɪflɪ] adverb mainly or mostly, but not completely He will be remembered chiefly for the innovations of his early years at the school. There are branches of the shop all over the country, but chiefly in the south …

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  • 16 chiefly — /ˈtʃifli/ (say cheeflee) adverb 1. principally; above all: *From our viewpoint men like Kipling were concerned chiefly with popularizing the noble frontiersmen of the Empire –russel ward, 1966. 2. mainly; mostly: *I still opposed the whole idea,… …

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  • 17 chiefly — I. adverb Date: 14th century 1. most importantly ; principally, especially 2. for the most part ; mostly, mainly II. adjective Date: 1870 of or relating to a chief < chiefly duties …

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  • 18 chiefly — See largely. See largely, chiefly …

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  • 19 chiefly — adverb we are interested chiefly in waterfront properties Syn: mainly, in the main, primarily, principally, predominantly, mostly, for the most part; usually, habitually, typically, commonly, generally, on the whole, largely, by and large, almost …

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  • 20 chiefly — [ˈtʃiːfli] adv mainly or mostly, but not completely He will be remembered chiefly for his years of dedicated service to the school.[/ex] …

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