Definition of mostly in English:



  • 1As regards the greater part or number.

    ‘the culprits are mostly, but not exclusively, male’
    • ‘Dixon reckons the transformation he has witnessed is mostly due to the manager.’
    • ‘In February last year the market hall was mostly destroyed after it was set alight by arsonists.’
    • ‘However, here it's mostly blunt injuries to the head and face rather than stabbings.’
    • ‘All the money raised from the show goes to charities and good causes - mostly in Orkney.’
    • ‘She added that the British public was mostly unaware of the suffering undergone by the birds.’
    • ‘Death from the condition is extremely rare and mostly affects people in middle age and older.’
    • ‘At present one area is mostly wooded with some open space and a disused pond, the other has an old orchard in it.’
    • ‘Suicide bombers have been shown to be mostly educated and reasonably well off.’
    • ‘The garden surrounding the house is mostly lawn and includes a golf practice bunker.’
    • ‘The residents, who are mostly elderly, are determined not to let the yobs get the better of them.’
    • ‘And now here is a book which is mostly poetry, or at least a kind of elegiac wistfulness.’
    • ‘They mostly looked sad and bored, and seemed to regard the security woman with pity.’
    • ‘We're in the suburbs surrounded mostly by fields and open land so we don't get the same amount of dust.’
    • ‘The fish are mostly carp and ayu, and for an extra fee you can take the day's catch home.’
    • ‘It will mostly be made from glass, and construction materials have already been purchased.’
    • ‘I do love kids, they're innocent and are mostly undamaged by the troubles of the world.’
    • ‘The bottom was mostly composed of thick black silt, and the carp happily fed in this.’
    • ‘The lake bed is mostly clean gravel, picked over by the numerous bottom feeding fish.’
    • ‘The roads were mostly dual carriageways, long and straight ones with no crossroads.’
    • ‘It was mostly a number of the lecturers that refused to believe the notice, strangely enough.’
    • ‘The disease occurs in men mostly over the age of 50 and is very treatable if caught early.’
    mainly, for the most part, on the whole, in the main, almost entirely, largely, chiefly, predominantly, principally, primarily, substantially
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    1. 1.1Usually; generally.
      ‘I made some good friends, but mostly met closed-minded people’
      • ‘With the exception of some chaotic periods, we have mostly lived in a world of empires.’
      • ‘The ace analysts are mostly seasoned vets with Rolodexes of industry contacts.’
      • ‘An arrogant person, on the other hand, is mostly concerned with his own ego, his own pride, his own money.’
      • ‘Developments after 1967 were complicated, tumultuous, and mostly unplanned.’
      • ‘The effect on poor countries, where maize is mostly used to make animal feed, is significant.’
      • ‘In terms of crime control, prison cells spent on people past the age of forty are mostly wasted.’
      • ‘He has already spent 16 months in jail, mostly in solitary confinement.’
      • ‘Mr. Odd lived with his mother, who mostly kept to herself.’
      • ‘The Melanesian parliamentarians were mostly in favour of village courts.’
      • ‘Sweden, under Nazi occupation, undertook a largely successful programme of mostly non-violent noncooperation.’
      • ‘However, this has mostly been in regard to the obeying of laws.’
      • ‘Also, the data flow between users is mostly one way.’
      usually, generally, in general, as a general rule, as a rule, ordinarily, normally, commonly, customarily, typically, most of the time, almost always, more often than not, most often
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