Definition of chiefly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHēflē/


1Above all; mainly: he is remembered chiefly for his sonatas
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  • But one man's obsession with money, chiefly for himself, above spectacle has left the sport barren
  • Their disputes were chiefly political, and mainly involved the Soviet Union and the United States hurling accusations of hypocrisy against each other.
  • Caesar, too, is remembered chiefly for having become a more or less military dictator.
1.1For the most part; mostly: this group has consisted chiefly of conservatives
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  • Biological products (which consist chiefly of larva-killing bacteria) as well as pesticide chemicals, may be used.
  • In recent years, this group has consisted chiefly of conservatives unhappy with what they viewed as an unwarranted expansion of federal authority.
  • I once met an Algerian in Blackpool who expressed surprise that England consisted chiefly of carnival rides, ice-cream parlours and amusement arcades.

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Syllabification: chief·ly

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