Definition of mostly in English:

mostly

adverb

  • 1As regards the greater part or number.

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

mostly

/ˈməʊs(t)li/