Definition of mainly in English:

mainly

adverb

  • 1More than anything else:

    ‘he is mainly concerned with fiction’
    • ‘Tangles were commonplace, mainly due to the fact that my rigs were shotted up wrong.’
    • ‘In so far as it was concerned with substantive law, it was mainly concerned with the law of war.’
    • ‘This show is featured mainly to break the myth that film stars can never be good cooks.’
    • ‘Solar panels, now common even in the wilds, are used mainly to power dim tube lamps.’
    • ‘The fines can be issued anywhere in the borough but will be used mainly to tackle town centre disorder.’
    • ‘While the pursuit of art has always been close to her art, she has mainly taken it as a hobby.’
    • ‘In her new job, she will be mainly working in Castle Point and Rochford districts.’
    • ‘They mainly involved cars skidding into fence posts and shunting other vehicles.’
    • ‘Space is all very well, in the right place, but people come to libraries mainly to borrow books.’
    • ‘These homes are meant mainly for the elite as they demand a huge sum as entrance fee.’
    • ‘The group is mainly for children between one and three but toddlers younger or older are welcome.’
    • ‘They are concerned mainly with whether the US will win a war, not whether it is right.’
    • ‘These pupils were mainly overseas students taking the exams in their second language.’
    • ‘He was mainly interested in and concerned with his work, his family, and his church.’
    • ‘His talk was mainly on the awful abuse of alcohol in the very young age groups at the moment.’
    • ‘Mr Atherton and his team were mainly concerned about the allegation of misconduct.’
    • ‘This was a big deal that people could have computers, but the personal computer was mainly for fun.’
    • ‘They were mainly concerned with two types of injury, to the neck and the lower back.’
    • ‘He said the defendant lost hair on the left side of his head mainly through the worry about what happened.’
    • ‘We mainly have hard floors so I usually just sweep up rather than lug the hoover around.’
    mostly, for the most part, in the main, on the whole, largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, predominantly, chiefly, principally
    generally, usually, typically, commonly, as a rule, on average
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    1. 1.1 For the most part:
      ‘the west will be mainly dry’
      • ‘Her school in Walsall in the West Midlands serves a mainly working class community.’
      • ‘I work on estates in Brent in west London which have a mainly black and Asian population.’

Pronunciation

mainly

/ˈmeɪnli/