heavi·​ly | \ˈhe-və-lē \

Definition of heavily 

1 : to a great degree : severely

2 : slowly and laboriously : dully

3 archaic : with sorrow : grievously

4 : in a heavy manner

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Examples of heavily in a Sentence

He relies heavily on his wife for advice. These artists borrow heavily from Picasso. Our flowers were heavily damaged by a late spring frost. She drank and smoked heavily for years. He sat down heavily on the couch. He was leaning heavily on the table. She sighed heavily then said “Okay, I'll do it.”
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Recent Examples on the Web

Indeed, Microsoft is leaning its efforts heavily into enterprise, recently releasing a platform that lets companies build their own workplace skills with Cortana. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 That means that, while the report leans heavily on the academic literature, it hasn’t been scrutinized through the process of scientific peer review and doesn’t have the same obligations as a scientific paper to publish the details of its workings. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A new, eye-wateringly high estimate of the cost of obesity in the US," 1 Nov. 2018 The palette leans heavily on earthy tones: think browns and greens, jewel tones, and metallics. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Bohemian Design," 19 Oct. 2018 The German Bishops Conference released its report Tuesday, but it was already leaked earlier this month and was heavily criticized for the lack of transparency and the church's refusal to let the researchers access the original documents. Kirsten Grieshaber, Fox News, "German bishops apologize for thousands of sex abuse cases," 25 Sep. 2018 Four years ago, Pogba was heavily criticized for freelancing as France crashed out of the 2014 World Cup in a quarterfinal loss to Germany. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Paul Pogba: The Player Who Embodies France’s World Cup Evolution," 16 July 2018 True to Opening Ceremony’s downtown cool aesthetic, the capsule leans heavily on streetwear staples like sweatshirts, track pants and T-shirts. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Burberry’s Latest Collab Is Full of Cool Kids in Rainbow Check," 13 July 2018 But within the past year, Nola has leaned more heavily on his change-up. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies ace Aaron Nola's devastating offspeed pitches put him in the fast lane to the All-Star Game," 12 July 2018 Watson, 22, heading into his second season, leans more heavily on his arm. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Former Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr. likens Lamar Jackson to Deshaun Watson," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of heavily

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of heavily

: to a great degree : very much

: in a slow or heavy way


heavi·​ly | \ˈhe-və-lē \

Kids Definition of heavily

1 : with or as if with weight Bear down heavily on your pen.

2 : in a slow and difficult way He's breathing heavily.

3 : very much The house was heavily damaged.

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