- in or to a high degree; extremely: highly amusing; highly seasoned food.
- with high appreciation or praise; admiringly: to speak highly of a person.
- more than adequately; generously: a highly paid consultant.
Origin of highly
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Examples from the Web for highly
Such is her burgeoning popularity Toomey is looking to employ more instructors to lead her highly personalized exercise classes.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Asian-Americans may vote for Democrats now, but they are a highly persuadable—and growing—part of the electorate.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
It was Orlando vs. Justin in an Ibiza melee with two highly unlikely opposing parties.The Bloom-Bieber Brawl We Didn’t Know We Needed
December 29, 2014
On May 9, which Moscow commemorates as World War II “Victory Day,” Klaus paid a highly visible visit to the Russian Embassy.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
Depending on the producer, Champagne can also be highly cloyingly sweet, buttery, or round, or mineral.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
The scenery in this portion of the river is highly exciting.
His countenance is mild and pleasant, and has a highly intellectual expression.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
We do not understand them at all, but they are highly soothing and satisfactory.
But it will be observed that these are highly controversial subjects.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
The purposes for which you intend your fruit is highly important.
- (intensifier)highly pleased; highly disappointed
- with great approbation or favourwe spoke highly of it
- in a high positionplaced highly in class
- at or for a high price or cost
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Word Origin and History for highly
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