Meaning of “substantially” in the English Dictionary

"substantially" in British English

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substantiallyadverb

uk /səbˈstæn.ʃəl.i/ us /səbˈstæn.ʃəl.i/

substantially adverb (LARGE)

C1 to a large degree:

The new rules will substantially change how we do things.

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  • House prices have risen substantially over the last six months.
  • Their new house is substantially bigger than their previous one.
  • They charge substantially more than their competitors.
  • The quality of their products has improved substantially over the last five years.
  • We now have substantially reduced interest rates.

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

"substantially" in American English

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substantiallyadverb

us /səbˈstæn·ʃə·li/

to a large degree:

Serious crime is down substantially.

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

"substantially" in Business English

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substantiallyadverb

uk /səbˈstænʃəli/ us

to a large degree:

substantially less/more
substantially above/below sth The board will reject bids substantially above its $15 per share offer.
substantially different/the same The product is not substantially different from previous models.
substantially better/higher/lower Taxes on cigarettes are substantially higher than in Europe.
increase/rise substantially The company sales and profits had increased substantially.

(Definition of “substantially” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)