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highly

[hahy-lee] /ˈhaɪ li/
adverb
1.
in or to a high degree; extremely:
highly amusing; highly seasoned food.
2.
with high appreciation or praise; admiringly:
to speak highly of a person.
3.
more than adequately; generously:
a highly paid consultant.
Origin of highly
900
before 900; Middle English heihliche, Old English hēalīce. See high, -ly
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highly

/ˈhaɪlɪ/
adverb
1.
(intensifier): highly pleased, highly disappointed
2.
with great approbation or favour: we spoke highly of it
3.
in a high position: placed highly in class
4.
at or for a high price or cost
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Word Origin and History for highly
adv.

Old English healice "nobly, gloriously, honorably;" see high (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "very, very much, fully" is mid-14c.

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