to a great extent


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to a great extent

To a large or significant degree; greatly; a lot. While I agree with the chairman's points to a great extent, there are a few details that I think bear closer scrutiny. The economic collapse was caused to a great extent by the rise in the lending of subprime mortgages.
See also: extent, great
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to a great extent

Cliché mainly; largely. To a great extent, Mary is the cause of her own problems. I've finished my work to a great extent. There is nothing important left to do.
See also: extent, great
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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