View synonyms for highly


[ hahy-lee ]


  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.


/ ˈhaɪlɪ /


  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
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of highly1

First recorded before 900; Middle English heihliche, Old English hēalīce; equivalent to high + -ly
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Example Sentences

As this pandemic shows, we live in a highly networked world, and it’s unlikely that borders can remain shut indefinitely.

In 2017, when the first interstellar object was detected in our solar system, a highly respected Harvard astrophysicist suggested it might be a probe that was sent by aliens.

We’ve gathered selections of high quality, highly durable, excellently pigmented options to tackle any job.

That’s a highly suspect claim, given the slow rollout of testing here.

On October 5, Fortune is launching an online learning platform and community called Fortune Connect that will target mid-tier, vp and senior manager executives in a highly monetized way.

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Such is her burgeoning popularity Toomey is looking to employ more instructors to lead her highly personalized exercise classes.

Asian-Americans may vote for Democrats now, but they are a highly persuadable—and growing—part of the electorate.

It was Orlando vs. Justin in an Ibiza melee with two highly unlikely opposing parties.

On May 9, which Moscow commemorates as World War II “Victory Day,” Klaus paid a highly visible visit to the Russian Embassy.

Depending on the producer, Champagne can also be highly cloyingly sweet, buttery, or round, or mineral.

Under the one-sixth they appear as slender, highly refractive fibers with double contour and, often, curled or split ends.

We prefer the American volume of Hochelaga to the Canadian one, although both are highly interesting.

This has a warm though a thin soil, which must be highly favorable to the Vine to induce so exclusive a devotion to it.

Thomas Cooper, an English prelate, died; highly commended for his great learning and eloquence.

It took twenty Eskimos to hold it when allowed full play, and even these it jerked about in a manner that highly diverted them.





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