Meaning of “greatly” in the English Dictionary

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"greatly" in British English

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uk /ˈɡreɪ us /ˈɡreɪ

B2 very much, used especially to show how much you feel or experience something:

I greatly regret not having told the truth.
Her piano playing has greatly improved/has improved greatly.

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  • The impact of the new legislation has been greatly overstated.
  • News of the arrest perturbed her greatly.
  • I feel that I have benefited greatly from her wisdom.
  • If you can help us in a small way it would be greatly appreciated.
  • The levels of trade union and political activism in this country have greatly declined in the past 15 years.

(Definition of “greatly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"greatly" in American English

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greatlyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɡreɪt·li/

very much:

Her piano-playing has improved greatly.

(Definition of “greatly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)