Definition of substantially in English:

substantially

adverb

  • 1To a great or significant extent.

    ‘profits grew substantially’
    as submodifier ‘substantially higher earnings’
    • ‘These have been set up in a small way now but they can grow substantially.’
    • ‘Demand for air traffic has risen substantially in recent years as the cost of travel has fallen in real terms.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, it has also come to the end of a bad year when profits declined substantially.’
    • ‘Combined with our larger scale, this has enabled us to grow our order book substantially.’
    • ‘We would like to think that we can grow the business substantially.’
    • ‘Scottish Mutual has grown substantially since it was acquired by Abbey National in 1992.’
    • ‘This should substantially simplify the procedure and save costs and court fees.’
    • ‘The cost of photocopying a book is substantially lower than having to buy one.’
    • ‘Some years ago the flood defences of London were substantially upgraded at huge cost.’
    • ‘Put together, this will mean that the total student debt will grow substantially.’
    • ‘He did not say how many of them would face closure if sewage costs were increased substantially.’
    • ‘Workspace Group has grown substantially in the past 10 years and plans to double again over the next five.’
    • ‘Now in operation for two years, the company has grown substantially in that period.’
    • ‘However, all the evidence suggests that a modest sum can grow substantially if invested wisely over a long period.’
    • ‘Sales grew substantially when we moved as less time was being spent on staff management issues.’
    • ‘Pornography has grown substantially over the years, and it is an area that is of major concern for us.’
    • ‘The disparities grow substantially as the value of the car increases.’
    • ‘Never before or since have real wages and real income grown so substantially.’
    • ‘What about deep piling that would add substantially to the cost of the schools?’
    • ‘Passage through major cities was also often difficult and substantially increased the cost of haulage.’
    considerably, significantly, greatly, a great deal, to a great extent, to a large extent, to a marked extent, markedly, appreciably
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  • 2For the most part; essentially.

    ‘things will remain substantially the same over the next ten years’
    • ‘Although it has remained substantially unaltered since construction, it is now in need of restoration.’
    • ‘Further aft, the wreck is substantially flattened, but some structure remains.’
    • ‘These materials have hydraulic conductance that substantially differs from mineral soils.’
    • ‘The quality of material you have provided to us has been substantially substandard.’
    • ‘This procedure has remained substantially unchanged for half a century.’
    largely, for the most part, by and large, on the whole, almost entirely, in the main, mainly, in effect, in essence, essentially, materially, basically, fundamentally, to all intents and purposes, to a great degree
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Pronunciation

substantially

/səbˈstan(t)SHəlē//səbˈstæn(t)ʃəli/