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“originally” in British English

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originallyadverb

uk /əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl.i/ us /əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl.i/

B2 first of all:

Originally it was a bedroom, but we turned it into a study.

More examples

  • The building was originally Victorian in design.
  • The city grew up originally as a crossing point on the river.
  • The novel was originally published in hardcover.
  • It was Bob who originally put up the idea of the exhibition.
  • New York was originally a Dutch trading post.

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

“originally” in American English

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originallyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /əˈrɪdʒ·ə·nəl·i/

in the beginning; when something first existed:

It was a bedroom originally, but we turned it into a study.
They now live in California, but originally they came from Mexico.

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