Definition of mostly in English:



  • 1As regards the greater part or number.

    ‘I grow mostly annuals’
    • ‘We're in the suburbs surrounded mostly by fields and open land so we don't get the same amount of dust.’
    • ‘Suicide bombers have been shown to be mostly educated and reasonably well off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The residents, who are mostly elderly, are determined not to let the yobs get the better of them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At present one area is mostly wooded with some open space and a disused pond, the other has an old orchard in it.’
    • ‘Dixon reckons the transformation he has witnessed is mostly due to the manager.’
    • ‘The lake bed is mostly clean gravel, picked over by the numerous bottom feeding fish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They mostly looked sad and bored, and seemed to regard the security woman with pity.’
    • ‘The bottom was mostly composed of thick black silt, and the carp happily fed in this.’
    • ‘It will mostly be made from glass, and construction materials have already been purchased.’
    • ‘The roads were mostly dual carriageways, long and straight ones with no crossroads.’
    • ‘The fish are mostly carp and ayu, and for an extra fee you can take the day's catch home.’
    • ‘The disease occurs in men mostly over the age of 50 and is very treatable if caught early.’
    • ‘The garden surrounding the house is mostly lawn and includes a golf practice bunker.’
    • ‘Death from the condition is extremely rare and mostly affects people in middle age and older.’
    • ‘In February last year the market hall was mostly destroyed after it was set alight by arsonists.’
    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.
      ‘the weekends were spent mostly alone’
      • ‘Mr. Odd lived with his mother, who mostly kept to herself.’
      • ‘With the exception of some chaotic periods, we have mostly lived in a world of empires.’
      • ‘An arrogant person, on the other hand, is mostly concerned with his own ego, his own pride, his own money.’
      • ‘The ace analysts are mostly seasoned vets with Rolodexes of industry contacts.’
      • ‘Developments after 1967 were complicated, tumultuous, and mostly unplanned.’
      • ‘Sweden, under Nazi occupation, undertook a largely successful programme of mostly non-violent noncooperation.’
      • ‘The Melanesian parliamentarians were mostly in favour of village courts.’
      • ‘However, this has mostly been in regard to the obeying of laws.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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