Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

mostly - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adverb mostly pronunciation in American English /ˈmoʊs(t)li/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. usually, most of the time, or in most situations

    We mostly listen to rock music.

    Mostly, he avoids conflict.

    Synonyms and related words
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      used for saying what the largest part of something is like or consists of

      a group of reporters, mostly American

      Synonyms and related words
    2. b.

      Tonight’s going to be mostly cloudy.

      Synonyms and related words
    3. c.
      used for emphasizing the main reason or purpose of something
      mostly because:

      The majority said they work mostly because they need the money.

      mostly for:

      This machine was used mostly for agricultural work.

      Synonyms and related words

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


to teach someone

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play